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Webster 1913 Edition


Mediate

Me′di-ate

,
Adj.
[L.
mediatus
, p. p. of
mediare
, v. t., to halve, v. i., to be in the middle. See
Mid
, and cf.
Moiety
.]
1.
Being between the two extremes; middle; interposed; intervening; intermediate.
Prior.
2.
Acting by means, or by an intervening cause or instrument; not direct or immediate; acting or suffering through an intervening agent or condition.
3.
Gained or effected by a medium or condition.
Bacon.
An act of
mediate
knowledge is complex.
Sir W. Hamilton.

Me′di-ate

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Mediated
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Mediating
.]
[LL.
mediatus
, p. p. of
mediare
to mediate. See
Mediate
,
Adj.
]
1.
To be in the middle, or between two; to intervene.
[R.]
2.
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
.

Me′di-ate

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To effect by mediation or interposition; to bring about as a mediator, instrument, or means;
as, to
mediate
a peace
.
2.
To divide into two equal parts.
[R.]
Holder.

Webster 1828 Edition


Mediate

ME'DIATE

,
Adj.
[L. medius, middle.] Middle; being between the two extremes.
Anxious we hover in a mediate state.
1.
Interposed; intervening; being between two objects.
Soon the mediate clouds shall be dispelled.
2.
Acting by means, or by an intervening cause or instrument. Thus we speak of mediate and immediate cause of its motion; the oar with which a man rows a boat is the immediate cause of its motion; but the rower is the mediate cause, acting by means of the oar.

ME'DIATE

,
Verb.
I.
To interpose between parties, as the equal friend of each; to act indifferently between contending parties, with a view to reconciliation; to intercede. The prince that mediates between nations and prevents a war, is the benefactor of both parties.
1.
To be between two. [Little used.]

ME'DIATE

,
Verb.
T.
To effect by mediation or interposition between parties; as, to mediate a peace.
1.
To limit by something in the middle. [Not used.]

Definition 2022


mediate

mediate

See also: médiate

English

Verb

mediate (third-person singular simple present mediates, present participle mediating, simple past and past participle mediated)

  1. (transitive) To resolve differences, or to bring about a settlement, between conflicting parties.
  2. (intransitive) To intervene between conflicting parties in order to resolve differences or bring about a settlement.
  3. To divide into two equal parts.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Holder to this entry?)
  4. To act as an intermediary causal or communicative agent; convey

Related terms

Translations

Adjective

mediate

  1. Acting through a mediating agency, indirect
    • Oliver Sacks
      Vygotsky saw the development of language and mental powers as neither learned, in the ordinary way, nor emerging epigenetically, but as being social and mediate in nature, as arising from the interaction of adult and child, and as internalizing the cultural instrument of language for the processes of thought.
  2. Intermediate between extremes.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Prior to this entry?)
  3. Gained or effected by a medium or condition.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
    • Sir W. Hamilton
      An act of mediate knowledge is complex.

Derived terms

Translations


Italian

Adjective

mediate f pl

  1. feminine plural of mediato

Verb

mediate

  1. second-person plural present of mediare
  2. second-person plural present subjunctive of mediare
  3. second-person plural imperative of mediare
  4. feminine plural past participle of mediare

Latin

Participle

mediāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of mediātus