What does mediate mean?

Definitions for mediate
ˈmi diˌeɪt; -ɪtme·di·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mediateadjective

    acting through or dependent on an intervening agency

    "the disease spread by mediate as well as direct contact"

  2. in-between, mediate, middleverb

    being neither at the beginning nor at the end in a series

    "adolescence is an awkward in-between age"; "in a mediate position"; "the middle point on a line"

  3. intercede, mediate, intermediate, liaise, arbitrateverb

    act between parties with a view to reconciling differences

    "He interceded in the family dispute"; "He mediated a settlement"

  4. mediateverb

    occupy an intermediate or middle position or form a connecting link or stage between two others

    "mediate between the old and the new"


  1. mediateverb

    to resolve differences, or to bring about a settlement, between conflicting parties

  2. mediateverb

    to intervene between conflicting parties in order to resolve differences or bring about a settlement

  3. mediateadjective

    acting through a mediating agency

  4. mediateadjective

    intermediate between extremes

  5. Etymology: From mediatus, past participle of mediare, from medius.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mediateadjective

    Etymology: mediat, French; medius, Latin.

    Soon the mediate clouds shall be dispell’d;
    The sun shall soon be face to face beheld. Matthew Prior.

    Anxious we hover in a mediate state,
    Betwixt infinity and nothing. Matthew Prior.

    The most important care of a new and vigorous king, was his marriage for mediate establishment of the royal line. Henry Wotton, Life of Buckingham.

  2. To Mediateverb

    The earl made many professions of his desire to interpose, and mediate a good peace between the nations. Edward Hyde.

    I possess chemists and corpuscularians of advantages by the confederacy I am mediating between them. Boyle.

    They styled a double step, that is, the space from the elevation of one foot to the same foot set down again, mediated by a step of the other foot a pace equal to five feet. William Holder, on Time.

  3. To Mediateverb

    Etymology: from medius, Latin.

    The corruption of manners in the world, we shall find owing to some mediating schemes that offer to comprehend the different interests of sin and religion. John Rogers.

    By being crowded, they exclude all other bodies that before mediated between the parts of their body. Digby.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mediateadjective

    being between the two extremes; middle; interposed; intervening; intermediate

  2. Mediateadjective

    acting by means, or by an intervening cause or instrument; not direct or immediate; acting or suffering through an intervening agent or condition

  3. Mediateadjective

    gained or effected by a medium or condition

  4. Mediateadjective

    to be in the middle, or between two; to intervene

  5. Mediateadjective

    to interpose between parties, as the equal friend of each, esp. for the purpose of effecting a reconciliation or agreement; as, to mediate between nations

  6. Mediateverb

    to effect by mediation or interposition; to bring about as a mediator, instrument, or means; as, to mediate a peace

  7. Mediateverb

    to divide into two equal parts

  8. Etymology: [LL. mediatus, p. p. of mediare to mediate. See Mediate, a.]


  1. Mediate

    "Mediate" is a song by INXS from their 1987 album, Kick. On the album, the song segues from their big hit single, "Need You Tonight." The song has the distinction of having almost every line rhyme with the word "ate".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mediate

    mē′di-āt, adj. middle: between two extremes: acting by or as a means: not direct and independent: dependent on some intervening thing.—v.i. to interpose between parties as a friend of each: to intercede: to hold a mediate position: to act as a spiritualistic medium.—v.t. to bring about by mediation: to effect a relation between two things.—n. Mē′diacy.—adv. Mē′diately.—ns. Mē′diateness, state of being mediate; Mediā′tion, the act of mediating or coming between: entreaty for another; Mediatisā′tion.—v.t. Mē′diatīse, to cause to act in a subordinate position or through an agent: to annex, or to subordinate, as a smaller state to a larger neighbouring one.—adj. Mē′diative.—n. Mē′diator, one who mediates between parties at strife:—fem. Mediat′ress, Mē′diatrix.—adj. Mediatō′rial, belonging to a mediator or intercessor.—adv. Mediatō′rially.—n. Mediat′orship, the office of a mediator.—adj. Mē′diatory. [Low L. mediāre, -ātum—L. medius.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mediate is ranked #68345 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Mediate surname appeared 288 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Mediate.

    94.1% or 271 total occurrences were White.
    4.5% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mediate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mediate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of mediate in a Sentence

  1. Randy Howard:

    So if you look at the big picture here, thousands of jobs have already gone away as we close out the building of F-16s. That’s a given at this point; there’s nothing we can do to change this, so what our offer does is seek to mediate that. To remedy that. To bring back those jobs as much as possible. It adds jobs in India, but it also brings back jobs in Fort Worth and across the U.S.

  2. Psalm 7711, 12 Bible:

    I will remember the works of the Lord surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will mediate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

  3. Al Thani:

    Qatar has been asked to mediate the conflict between the Taliban and the U.S. and Afghan. And we remain that impartial mediator throughout this process, and we maintain the contact with all the parties which has now helped us in supporting different foreign citizens who are living there in Afghanistan. Right now we are trying to facilitate the movement of the people from their places to the airport and the transportation.

  4. Stephen Harper:

    We were not trying in any way to direct or mediate the talks. We were just trying to make sure that they had the opportunity to have the kind of dialogue they needed to have.

  5. Seun Adebagbo:

    I wanted to go into medicine because I felt like, ‘Who better to mediate that tension than someone like me, who knows what it’s like to exist in both?’ the deeper I got into my medical education, the more I realized, if I’m in the system, I know how it works. I not only know the science, but I also know how the system works.

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    pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas
    • A. transpire
    • B. abase
    • C. abhor
    • D. emanate

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