- 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)
- Acting through a mediating agency.
- Intermediate between extremes.
- Gained or effected by a medium or condition.
From Late Latin mediatus, past participle of mediare (“to divide in the middle, in Medieval Latin also to be in the middle, be or become between, mediate”), from medius (“middle”).