[verb mee-dee-eyt; adjective mee-dee-it]
- to settle (disputes, strikes, etc.) as an intermediary between parties; reconcile.
- to bring about (an agreement, accord, truce, peace, etc.) as an intermediary between parties by compromise, reconciliation, removal of misunderstanding, etc.
- to effect (a result) or convey (a message, gift, etc.) by or as if by an intermediary.
- to act between parties to effect an agreement, compromise, reconciliation, etc.
- to occupy an intermediate place or position.
- acting through, dependent on, or involving an intermediate agency; not direct or immediate.
Origin of mediate
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1, 2. arbitrate. 4. intercede, interpose.
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Examples from the Web for mediate
The deputy offered by Leung to mediate, Carrie Lam, is also hated by many.Hong Kong Between Calm and Chaos
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I know for a fact that in my own case Oman was asked to mediate on our behalf directly by the US government.One Former Hostage Says Negotiate With ISIS, And Pay Ransoms If You Must
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I would try to mediate his feuds with other teachers or the more authoritarian vice principal before they blew up.He Was My Favorite Student, and They Say He Killed a Baby
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Savile allegedly helped to mediate between Charles and Diana as their marriage foundered.Prince Charles Provided Free House To Bishop Arrested in UK Child Abuse Probe
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The fight was so harsh that Jiang Zemin [the former president] had to mediate.China: Xi Jinping Was Under Pressure Before Disappearance
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At the same time, offer to mediate between Germany and Japan.
Shall I try to mediate—as a neutral, as a benevolent neutral?The Rescue
However, startled as she was, Clare came out of her corner to mediate.Clare Avery
Emily Sarah Holt
A conference was, therefore, agreed upon, in which England was to mediate.The Reign of Mary Tudor
W. Llewelyn Williams.
To this the Ash'arans reply that orders are of two kinds, immediate and mediate.The Faith of Islam
- (intr; usually foll by between or in) to intervene (between parties or in a dispute) in order to bring about agreement
- to bring about (an agreement)
- to bring about (an agreement) between parties in a dispute
- to resolve (differences) by mediation
- (intr) to be in a middle or intermediate position
- (tr) to serve as a medium for causing (a result) or transferring (objects, information, etc)
- occurring as a result of or dependent upon mediation
- a rare word for intermediate
- logic (of an inference) having more than one premise, esp, being syllogistic in form
C16: from Late Latin mediāre to be in the middle
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Word Origin and History for mediate
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To effect or convey as an intermediate agent or mechanism.
- Being in a middle position.
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- To effect or convey a force between subatomic particles. The gauge bosons, for example, mediate the four fundamental forces of nature.
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