Definition of mediate in English:

mediate

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verb

Pronunciation: /ˈmiːdɪeɪt
 
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1 [no object] Intervene in a dispute in order to bring about an agreement or reconciliation: Wilson attempted to mediate between the powers to end the war
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  • He says that the army and the police who mediate between the settlers and the villagers are no good.
  • It was Spring who proposed the establishment of an international body to mediate between the parties.
  • Again, it was the patron's role to mediate between the artist and the press, ensuring a harmonious relationship on both sides.
1.1 [with object] Intervene in (a dispute) to bring about an agreement: set up a tribunal to arbitrate and mediate disputes
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  • With tensions running high, regional and national leaders were brought in to mediate the dispute.
  • This body consisted of an international list of arbitrators who would mediate disputes between states.
  • Its refusal to spell out a timetable for statehood or to offer the Palestinians any hope at all does not make the United States appear even-handed in mediating this conflict.
Synonyms
resolve, settle, arbitrate in, umpire, reconcile, mend, clear up, patch up
1.2 [with object] Bring about (an agreement or solution) by intervening in a dispute: efforts to mediate a peaceful resolution of the conflict
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  • He tried to mediate a peaceful solution to the Lebanese civil war in the 1980s, and was instrumental in securing the Taif Accord of 1989.
  • The World Bank mediated a solution to the Indus River dispute, resulting in negotiation of the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty.
  • China's refusal to leave the reef has prompted the Philippines to ‘internationalize’ the issue, urging the United Nations to mediate a solution.
Synonyms
negotiate, bring about, effect, make happen
2 [with object] technical Bring about (a result such as a physiological effect): the right hemisphere plays an important role in mediating tactile perception of direction
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  • Thus this study shows the critical importance of the serotonin system as well as the dopamine system in mediating cocaine's pleasurable effects.
  • These signals are sent via the chemical messenger serotonin, which is involved in mood regulation and in mediating the effects of the most widely prescribed antidepressants.
  • However, it is not immediately apparent why nontoxic particles might mediate their effects via their surface.
2.1Be a means of conveying: this important ministry of mediating the power of the word
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  • She, too, can give praise to the ‘God of Israel’ whose healing power has been mediated through an Israelite healer.
  • Here we find a greater reliance upon the power of the church and this power is mediated by a very strange and special figure.
  • Of course, organizations form part of wider power fields and, thus, mediate those power relations to engaged anthropologists and our collaborators.
Synonyms
2.2Form a link between: structures which mediate gender divisions
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  • However, the original focal site does not mediate the link between other sites and the language name.
  • A competing, though less compelling, interpretation is that similarity mediates the link between liking and perceived intelligence.
  • Future work may identify explicit factors mediating the links between somatic and psychological symptoms.

adjective

Pronunciation: /ˈmiːdɪət
 
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Connected indirectly through another person or thing; involving an intermediate agency: public law institutions are a type of mediate state administration

Origin

late Middle English (as an adjective in the sense 'interposed'): from late Latin mediatus 'placed in the middle', past participle of the verb mediare, from Latin medius 'middle'.

Derivatives

mediately

adverb
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  • In Alcock, Lord Oliver distinguished the case of the witness from that where ‘the injured plaintiff was involved, either mediately or immediately, as a participant’ in the traumatic event.
  • Aristotle says words express thoughts and thoughts represent things; so clearly words refer mediately to things by way of our mental conceptions: we talk about things in the way we know them.
  • The sceptical possibilities, and the threats they pose to our knowledge, depend upon our knowing things (if we do) mediately, through or by way of something else.

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