[ 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.
acting through, dependent on, or involving an intermediate agency; not direct or immediate.
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Origin of mediate
OTHER WORDS FROM mediate
me·di·ate·ly, adverbme·di·ate·ness, nounself-me·di·at·ing, adjectiveun·me·di·at·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mediate
(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
Derived forms of mediate
mediately, adverbmediateness, nounmediative, mediatory or mediatorial, adjectivemediator, noun
Word Origin for mediate
C16: from Late Latin mediāre to be in the middle
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Medical definitions for mediate
[ mē′dē-āt′ ]
To effect or convey as an intermediate agent or mechanism.
Being in a middle position.
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Scientific definitions for mediate
[ mē′dē-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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