[verb mee-dee-eyt; adjective mee-dee-it]

verb (used with object), me·di·at·ed, me·di·at·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), me·di·at·ed, me·di·at·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. mediastinoscope,
  2. mediastinoscopy,
  3. mediastinotomy,
  4. mediastinum,
  5. mediastinum testis,
  6. mediate auscultation,
  7. mediate percussion,
  8. mediated generalization,
  9. mediation,
  10. mediative

Origin of mediate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin mediātus, past participle of mediāre to be in the middle, intercede. See medium, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for mediate


verb (ˈmiːdɪˌeɪt)

(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)

adjective (ˈmiːdɪɪt)

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
Derived Forms

Word Origin for mediate

C16: from Late Latin mediāre to be in the middle

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Word Origin and History for mediate



1540s, "divide in two equal parts," probably a back-formation from mediation or mediator, or else from Latin mediatus, past participle of mediare. Meaning "act as a mediator" is from 1610s; that of "settle by mediation" is from 1560s. Related: Mediated, mediates, mediating.

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Medicine definitions for mediate




To effect or convey as an intermediate agent or mechanism.


Being in a middle position.

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Science definitions for mediate



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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