mediate

[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.
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.
adjective
  1. 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
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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mediate

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)
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
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 mediating

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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mediating in Medicine

mediate

[mēdē-āt′]
v.
  1. To effect or convey as an intermediate agent or mechanism.
adj.
  1. Being in a middle position.
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mediating in Science

mediate

[mēdē-āt′]
  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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