to annex (a smaller state) to a larger one, leaving the ruler his or her title and some authority
Origin of mediatize; from French or Ger: French médiatiser (; from médiat ; from Late Latin mediatus: see mediate), or German mediatisieren ; from French
transitive verbme·di·a·tized, me·di·a·tiz·ing, me·di·a·tiz·es
To annex (a lesser state) to a greater state as a means of permitting the ruler of the lesser state to retain title and partial authority.
Origin of mediatizeProbably French médiatiser, from médiat, dependent, from Old French, back-formation from immediat, independent, from Late Latin immediatus; see immediate.