mediate

[ verb mee-dee-eyt; adjective mee-dee-it ]
/ verb ˈmi diˌeɪt; adjective ˈmi di ɪt /

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.

adjective

acting through, dependent on, or involving an intermediate agency; not direct or immediate.

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

mediate


verb (ˈmiːdɪˌeɪt)

adjective (ˈmiːdɪɪt)

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

mediate


v.

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

mediate

[ mēdē-āt′ ]

v.

To effect or convey as an intermediate agent or mechanism.

adj.

Being in a middle position.
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Science definitions for mediate

mediate

[ mēdē-āt′ ]

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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