[ verb mee-dee-eyt; adjective mee-dee-it ]
/ verb 藞mi di藢e瑟t; adjective 藞mi di 瑟t /
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verb (used with object), me路di路at路ed, me路di路at路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路di路at路ed, me路di路at路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.
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Origin of mediate

First recorded in 1375鈥1425; late Middle English, from Late Latin medi膩tus, past participle of medi膩re 鈥渢o be in the middle, intercede鈥; see medium, -ate1


me路di路ate路ly [mee-dee-it-lee], /藞mi di 瑟t li/, adverbme路di路ate路ness [mee-dee-it-nis], /藞mi di 瑟t n瑟s/, nounself-me路di路at路ing, adjectiveun路me路di路at路ing, adjective
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What does聽mediate mean?

Mediate means to help to settle a dispute or create agreement when there is conflict between two or more people or groups by acting as an intermediary or go-between for those parties.

A person who acts as an intermediary or go-between in this way can be called a mediator. The act or process of mediating is called mediation. Mediation always involves a mediator acting as an impartial third party to guide the communication between the conflicting parties.

Sometimes, mediation happens in an informal way. You might help two friends by mediating their argument. But the word is perhaps most commonly used in more specific ways in formal situations, such as when a mediator mediates a labor dispute between a company and its striking employees or when a mediator mediates a divorce for two spouses.

When mediation occurs in an official or legal context, such as when it has been ordered by a judge, it is often called arbitration. Arbitration usually involves a decision that the parties are bound by. Mediation is typically less formal and usually involves suggestions for settling differences, as opposed to binding decisions.

Example: I know you two have your differences, so I鈥檇 like to mediate a meeting to see if you can come to an understanding.

Where does聽mediate come from?

The first records of the word mediate come from around 1400. It comes from the Latin verb medi膩re, meaning 鈥渢o be in the middle鈥 or 鈥渢o intercede.鈥 The words intermediary and medium are related.

Mediating involves interceding in the middle of a conflict. A mediator is not there to take sides but instead to help promote agreement or reconciliation. In other words, the point of mediation is to find common ground so that there is no longer a need to mediate. Successful mediation often involves compromise.

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How is聽mediate used in real life?

The word mediate can be used in both formal and informal contexts.



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A. arbitrate
B. intercede
C. intervene
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British Dictionary definitions for mediate


verb (藞mi藧d瑟藢e瑟t)
adjective (藞mi藧d瑟瑟t)

Derived forms of mediate

Word Origin for mediate

C16: from Late Latin medi膩re to be in the middle
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Scientific definitions for mediate

[ m膿d膿-膩t鈥 ]

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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