- The definition of mediate is to try to help resolve a dispute, usually by listening impartially and helping the parties come to a resolution.
When you help two people who are getting a divorce to talk to each other and negotiate a divorce settlement without fighting, this is an example of a time when you mediate the dispute.
mediate definition by Webster's New World
- to be in an intermediate position or location
- to be an intermediary or conciliator between persons or sides
Origin: ; from Late Latin mediatus, past participle of mediare, to divide in the middle ; from Classical Latin medius, middle: see mid
- to settle by mediation: mediated the dispute
- to bring about by conciliation: mediated a settlement
- to be the medium for bringing about (a result), conveying (an object), communicating (information), etc.
- Now Rare intermediate or intervening
- dependent on, acting by, or connected through some intervening agency; related indirectly
mediate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb me·di·at·ed, me·di·at·ing, me·di·ates verb, transitive
- To resolve or settle (differences) by working with all the conflicting parties: mediate a labor-management dispute.
- To bring about (a settlement, for example) by working with all the conflicting parties.
- To effect or convey as an intermediate agent or mechanism.
- To intervene between two or more disputants in order to bring about an agreement, a settlement, or a compromise.
- To settle or reconcile differences.
- To have a relation to two differing persons or things.
- Acting through, involving, or dependent on an intervening agency.
- Being in a middle position.
Origin: Late Latin mediāre, mediāt-, to be in the middle, from Latin medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots.
- meˈdi·ate·ly adverb
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