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[verb mee-dee-eyt; adjective mee-dee-it]
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verb (used with object), me·di·at·ed, me·di·at·ing.
  1. to settle (disputes, strikes, etc.) as an intermediary between parties; reconcile.
  2. to bring about (an agreement, accord, truce, peace, etc.) as an intermediary between parties by compromise, reconciliation, removal of misunderstanding, etc.
  3. to effect (a result) or convey (a message, gift, etc.) by or as if by an intermediary.
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verb (used without object), me·di·at·ed, me·di·at·ing.
  1. to act between parties to effect an agreement, compromise, reconciliation, etc.
  2. to occupy an intermediate place or position.
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  1. acting through, dependent on, or involving an intermediate agency; not direct or immediate.
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Origin of mediate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin mediātus, past participle of mediāre to be in the middle, intercede. See medium, -ate1
Related formsme·di·ate·ly, adverbme·di·ate·ness, nounre·me·di·ate, verb (used with object), re·me·di·at·ed, re·me·di·at·ing.self-me·di·at·ing, adjectiveun·me·di·at·ed, adjectiveun·me·di·at·ing, adjective

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Related Words for mediated

resolve, intercede, intervene, negotiate, interfere, arbitrate, settle, reconcile, deal, conciliate, referee, interpose, umpire, intermediate, moderate, propitiate

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Historical Examples of mediated

  • He mediated between the two, and so "cheap excursions" came into being.

    If, Yes and Perhaps

    Edward Everett Hale

  • Had its claims been founded on mediated revelation, he could not have honoured it more.

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald

  • It can be "mediated" by the faith of every disciple of the immortal Izaak.

    Days in the Open

    Lathan A. Crandall

  • He was the Priest who mediated gladly between the least one and the greatest One.

    The Bible and Life

    Edwin Holt Hughes

  • But it was an idea, mediated in the consciousness of those who held it.

British Dictionary definitions for mediated


verb (ˈmiːdɪˌeɪt)
  1. (intr; usually foll by between or in) to intervene (between parties or in a dispute) in order to bring about agreement
  2. to bring about (an agreement)
  3. to bring about (an agreement) between parties in a dispute
  4. to resolve (differences) by mediation
  5. (intr) to be in a middle or intermediate position
  6. (tr) to serve as a medium for causing (a result) or transferring (objects, information, etc)
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adjective (ˈmiːdɪɪt)
  1. occurring as a result of or dependent upon mediation
  2. a rare word for intermediate
  3. logic (of an inference) having more than one premise, esp, being syllogistic in form
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Derived Formsmediately, adverbmediateness, nounmediative, mediatory or mediatorial, adjectivemediator, nounmediatorially, adverb

Word Origin for mediate

C16: from Late Latin mediāre to be in the middle
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Word Origin and History for mediated



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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mediated in Medicine


  1. To effect or convey as an intermediate agent or mechanism.
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  1. Being in a middle position.
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mediated in Science


  1. 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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