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mediate

[v. mee-dee-eyt; adj. mee-dee-it] /v. ˈmi diˌeɪt; adj. ˈmi di ɪt/
verb (used with object), mediated, mediating.
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), mediated, mediating.
4.
to act between parties to effect an agreement, compromise, reconciliation, etc.
5.
to occupy an intermediate place or position.
adjective
6.
acting through, dependent on, or involving an intermediate agency; not direct or immediate.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin mediātus, past participle of mediāre to be in the middle, intercede. See medium, -ate1
Related forms
mediately, adverb
mediateness, noun
remediate, verb (used with object), remediated, remediating.
self-mediating, adjective
unmediated, adjective
unmediating, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. arbitrate. 4. intercede, interpose.
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Examples for mediate
  • They are like bridges and buffers that mediate between the individual and the state.
  • Mutual acquaintances, fearing more broken crockery, offer to mediate.
  • In that case there would be no Higgs boson to mediate mass between particles.
  • Any of the elementary particles that mediate one of the four fundamental forces.
  • He does say, however, that a failure to step in and mediate the massive capital inflows earlier this decade was a goof.
  • Our job is not so much to mediate among giants as it is to protect consumers.
  • Attempts to mediate the dispute and end the violence were ongoing.
  • Outsiders, fearing another Balkan inferno, rushed to mediate.
  • Eventually, the captain had to be called to mediate our dispute.
  • Those who seek to mediate or otherwise assist a negotiation need to coordinate.
British Dictionary definitions for mediate

mediate

verb (ˈmiːdɪˌeɪt)
1.
(intransitive; 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.
(intransitive) to be in a middle or intermediate position
6.
(transitive) to serve as a medium for causing (a result) or transferring (objects, information, etc)
adjective (ˈmiːdɪɪt)
7.
occurring as a result of or dependent upon mediation
8.
a rare word for intermediate
9.
(logic) (of an inference) having more than one premise, esp, being syllogistic in form
Derived Forms
mediately, adverb
mediateness, noun
mediative, mediatory, mediatorial, adjective
mediator, noun
mediatorially, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin mediāre to be in the middle
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Word Origin and History for 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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mediate in Medicine

mediate me·di·ate (mē'dē-āt')
v. me·di·at·ed, me·di·at·ing, me·di·ates
To effect or convey as an intermediate agent or mechanism. adj. (-ĭt)
Being in a middle position.

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mediate in Science
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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