Definition of mediate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    mediate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈmiːdieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːdieɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mediate
    BrE BrE//ˈmiːdieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːdieɪt//
     
    he / she / it mediates
    BrE BrE//ˈmiːdieɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːdieɪts//
     
    past simple mediated
    BrE BrE//ˈmiːdieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːdieɪtɪd//
     
    past participle mediated
    BrE BrE//ˈmiːdieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːdieɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form mediating
    BrE BrE//ˈmiːdieɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːdieɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to try to end a disagreement between two or more people or groups by talking to them and trying to find things that everyone can agree on mediate (in something) The Secretary-General was asked to mediate in the dispute. mediate between A and B An independent body was brought in to mediate between staff and management. mediate something to mediate differences/disputes/problems
  2. 2[transitive] mediate something to succeed in finding a solution to a disagreement between people or groups synonym negotiate They mediated a settlement.
  3. 3[transitive, usually passive] mediate something (formal or specialist) to influence something and/or make it possible for it to happen Educational success is mediated by economic factors.
  4. Word 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’.Extra examples Wilson tried to mediate between the European powers to end the war. An independent body was brought in to mediate between workers and management. The UN attempted to mediate a solution to the conflict.
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