[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 mediately
It was the first line im- mediately above what you did quote.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 5 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
There are much wider things for which his school is only mediately or not at all to blame.Mankind in the Making
H. G. Wells
The first suggestion of it never came from me, mediately or immediately, to his Majesty or any of his ministers.The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886
Ministry of Education
Vegetation being directly or mediately the food of animals, it must have had a previous existence.The Origin of the World According to Revelation and Science
John William Dawson
It acts only mediately upon everything outside of the visible organism.Mysterious Psychic Forces
- (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 mediately
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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