mediate[mē′dē āt′; for adj., -it]
- 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.
intransitive verbmediated, mediating
- to be in an intermediate position or location
- to be an intermediary or conciliator between persons or sides
Origin of mediate; 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
verbme·di·at·ed, me·di·at·ing, me·di·ates
- 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.
- a. To effect or convey as an intermediate agent or mechanism: chemicals that mediate inflammation.b. Physics To convey (a force) between subatomic particles.
- To work with two or more disputants in order to bring about an agreement, settlement, or compromise.
- To settle or reconcile differences: “[George] Eliot's effort to mediate between the conflicting demands of representation and readability in the [novel's] dialect usage” (Carol A. Martin).
- To have a relation to two differing persons, groups, or things: psychological processes that mediate between stimulus and response.
- Acting through, involving, or dependent on an intervening agency.
- Being in a middle position.
Origin of mediateLate Latin mediāre, mediāt-, to be in the middle, from Latin medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots.
- me′di·a′tive, me′di·a·to′ry
(third-person singular simple present mediates, present participle mediating, simple past and past participle mediated)
From Late Latin mediatus, past participle of mediare (â€œto divide in the middle, in Medieval Latin also to be in the middle, be or become between, mediateâ€), from medius (â€œmiddleâ€).