mediate

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See also: médiate

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Late Latin mediatus, past participle of mediare (to divide in the middle) (in Medieval Latin, also “to be in the middle, be or become between, mediate”), from Latin medius (middle).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (verb) (US) IPA(key): /ˈmidieɪt/
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  • (adjective) (US) IPA(key): /ˈmidi.ət/
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Verb[edit]

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.
    Negotiators managed to mediate a ceasefire.
  2. (intransitive) To intervene between conflicting parties in order to resolve differences or bring about a settlement.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 3, page 352:
      "Nay," replied Charles, gravely, "this is carrying your anger too far. Allow me to mediate between you. I must entreat, nay, I command, the Lady Francesca's presence."
  3. To divide into two equal parts.
    • 1701, William Holder, A Discourse Concerning Time
      Space from the elevation of one Foot, to the same Foot set down again, mediated by a step of the other Foot a Pace []
  4. To act as an intermediary causal or communicative agent; to convey.
    • 2019, Li Huang; James Lambert, “Another Arrow for the Quiver: A New Methodology for Multilingual Researchers”, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, DOI:10.1080/01434632.2019.1596115, page 8:
      [A]s much as language in our modern technological world is mediated through the written word, quantitatively spoken language still reigns supreme.
  5. To act as a spiritualistic medium.

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Adjective[edit]

mediate

  1. Acting through a mediating agency, indirect.
    • 1861, Sir William Hamilton, The Metaphysics of Sir William Hamilton (page 318)
      The Leibnitzio-Wolfians distinguish three acts in the process of representative cognition: — 1° the act of representing a (mediate) object to the mind; 2° the representation, or, to speak more properly, representamen, itself as an (immediate or vicarious) object exhibited to the mind; 3° the act by which the mind is conscious, immediately of the representative object, and, through it, mediately of the remote object represented.
    • 1989, Oliver Sacks, Seeing Voices: A Journey Into the World of the Deaf
      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.
  3. Gained or effected by a medium or condition.

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mediate f pl

  1. feminine plural of mediato

Verb[edit]

mediate

  1. inflection of mediare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person plural imperative
    3. feminine plural past participle

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Participle[edit]

mediāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of mediātus