[verb mee-dee-eyt; adjective mee-dee-it]
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of mediate
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Related Wordsresolve, intercede, intervene, negotiate, interfere, arbitrate, settle, reconcile, deal, conciliate, referee, interpose, umpire, intermediate, moderate, propitiate
Examples from the Web for mediating
The White House has been mediating the tug of war between the CIA and the committee over the redaction process.You're About to See What Obama Calls 'Torture'
Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
August 1, 2014
Mediating in this biased way is in fact only facilitating the continued occupation and colonization of Palestine.Does Israel Meet The Quartet Conditions?
June 11, 2013
The full moon opposes the Sun, Tuesday, with Neptune as the mediating planet.Your Horoscopes: May 15-21
Starsky + Cox
May 14, 2011
Larry's crime here was mediating between the energy industry and the state of California.Larry Summers for Treasury
November 13, 2008
Mediating machine also evokes the notion of machine as program.The Civilization of Illiteracy
“Twas a very pleasant morning for a ride,” said mediating Gatty.The Maidens' Lodge
Emily Sarah Holt
The Gauls, however, are the chief example of a mediating people.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
It is obvious that the third view is only one of a number of mediating positions.Ethics
John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
It is in that sense that I mean that America is a mediating nation.
- (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)
- 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
C16: from Late Latin mediāre to be in the middle
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Word Origin and History for mediating
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To effect or convey as an intermediate agent or mechanism.
- Being in a middle position.
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- 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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