Definition of mediate in English:



  • 1[no object] Intervene between people in a dispute in order to bring about an agreement or reconciliation.

    ‘Wilson attempted to mediate between the powers to end the war’
    • ‘He is now attempting to mediate between the two sides.’
    • ‘The Councillor has stepped in to mediate between the council and worried library-goers at a meeting due to take place on Tuesday.’
    • ‘Public opinion in Europe strongly supported the Greek struggle and the governments of Britain, France, and Russia signed a protocol agreeing to mediate between the Greeks and Turks.’
    • ‘Consumer complaints will be investigated by a complaints officer, who will mediate between the consumer and the supplier to try and reach resolution.’
    • ‘The licensing unit will mediate between the two parties if there are objections and appeals will be heard by a committee of councillors and, if the licence is still disputed, by magistrates.’
    • ‘When, for example, a dispute arises between two lineages over access to a source of water, elders of a neutral lineage will travel to mediate between the warring groups.’
    • ‘He was a member of John Smith's leadership team and his diplomatic skills were used to mediate between Peter Mandelson and Gordon Brown at the height of their feud.’
    • ‘She revealed that moves were afoot to send in a representative of the Irish Coastguard Service to mediate between the two sides in about two weeks time to sort out the situation.’
    • ‘The authority would then attempt to mediate between the two neighbours and find a compromise.’
    • ‘He says that the army and the police who mediate between the settlers and the villagers are no good.’
    • ‘The tumult subsided only after the city's notables began to mediate between the two sides; as a final victory, the official was forced to offer a public apology.’
    • ‘He tried to mediate between the factions.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the US is offering to mediate between Pakistan and Afghanistan after a border clash between the two last week.’
    • ‘Their primary role is to mediate between the bosses and the workers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And Clinton told Indian lawmakers that Washington has no intention to mediate between India and Pakistan.’
    • ‘His cousin Charlie feels responsible and tries to mediate between Johnny Boy and Michael the loan shark.’
    • ‘While asked to mediate between the rival families of Lusignan and Angoulême, he married the Angoulême heiress Isabella, who had been betrothed to Hugh de Lusignan.’
    • ‘I asked what attempt had been made to mediate between dissatisfied community members and the school staff and council.’
    arbitrate, conciliate, moderate, umpire, referee, act as peacemaker, reconcile differences, restore harmony, make peace, bring to terms, liaise
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    1. 1.1[with object]Intervene in (a dispute) to bring about an agreement.
      • ‘In the period of the post-war boom, it mediated the conflict between the classes.’
      • ‘He or she would administer a force of civilian peacekeepers for operations abroad and would work to mediate international conflicts.’
      • ‘The UN's clout in mediating war has long been diminished.’
      • ‘The school has asked these 13 year olds to mediate disputes among students.’
      • ‘I've learned the best way to mediate these arguments is to let them develop into what they will.’
      • ‘If that fails, the principal mediates the conflict.’
      • ‘He mediates arguments between the pilgrims and interjects his comments throughout the different tales.’
      • ‘He also hoped, by keeping America neutral, to have an opportunity to mediate the conflict.’
      • ‘It had been a long day, and she honestly didn't want to mediate another squabble.’
      • ‘The problem is that all this military capacity is flowing into a region which doesn't have many institutions to mediate conflict.’
      • ‘There are 10 common mistakes adults make when mediating children's conflict.’
      • ‘Her duties also included mediating information-sharing disputes between FBI intelligence and criminal agents.’
      • ‘With tensions running high, regional and national leaders were brought in to mediate the dispute.’
      • ‘But in the meantime, we need someone to mediate disputes between vendors and researchers.’
      • ‘Secondly, it mediates disputes, striving to reach friendly settlements between complainants and governments.’
      • ‘If they mediated disputes, they were again filling a gap.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It will also mediate disputes and handle visits by people from each side.’
      • ‘The proposal was inspired by attempts to mediate a confrontation between travellers and residents in Westport in 2002.’
      resolve, settle, arbitrate in, umpire, reconcile, mend, clear up, patch up
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    2. 1.2[with object]Bring about (an agreement or solution) by intervening in a dispute.
      ‘efforts to mediate a peaceful resolution of the conflict’
      • ‘Their unions have asked the Labor Ministry to mediate a solution to their back pay and wage demands.’
      • ‘Peres said any solution would have to be mediated with Egypt, which has offered to send 750 border guards to the area to prevent weapons smuggling.’
      • ‘The secretary of the Thai Olympic committee mediated an agreement where the athletes were to be reinstated.’
      • ‘He has also helped mediate peace talks in Burundi.’
      • ‘Efforts to mediate and achieve peace by organisations including the United Nations ‘seem at best only to bring a brief respite from all-out fighting’.’
      • ‘European leaders traveled to Kiev to mediate a political solution between the parties.’
      • ‘China's refusal to leave the reef has prompted the Philippines to ‘internationalize’ the issue, urging the United Nations to mediate a solution.’
      • ‘Hays attempted to resolve the growing school conflict by mediating an agreement between Faubus and the federal government.’
      • ‘During the past eight years, several power-sharing arrangements have been mediated without long-term solutions.’
      • ‘U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt mediated the treaty agreement and won a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in creating the Treaty of Portsmouth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was able to help mediate a solution to the problem of that time.’
      • ‘Russia is part of the so-called quartet that is trying to mediate a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.’
      • ‘Prime Minister Tony Blair has aligned Britain with the US invasion plans, while attempting to mediate an agreement with the rest of the European Union.’
      • ‘Political outcomes are dislocated from the intentions or hopes of individual politicians, as resolutions are mediated between dozens of players and hundreds of officials.’
      • ‘The IRC, which under Abbott's regime has no right to mediate an agreement, has accused her of failing to bargain in good faith.’
      • ‘There were his unsuccessful efforts in 1915 and 1916 to mediate a peace among the Great Powers.’
      • ‘No other major power in history has expended so much diplomatic effort, over so many decades, to try to mediate peace among foreign nations.’
      • ‘In villages many problems are never reported to the police but are still settled by local custom and mutual agreement mediated by recognized leaders.’
      • ‘The World Bank mediated a solution to the Indus River dispute, resulting in negotiation of the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty.’
      negotiate, bring about, effect, make happen
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  • 2technical [with object] Bring about (a result such as a physiological effect)

    ‘the right hemisphere plays an important role in mediating tactile perception of direction’
    • ‘Thus this study shows the critical importance of the serotonin system as well as the dopamine system in mediating cocaine's pleasurable effects.’
    • ‘However, it is not immediately apparent why nontoxic particles might mediate their effects via their surface.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Therefore, it is necessary to investigate factors that may facilitate or mediate these beneficial effects.’
    • ‘Because no such effect has been detected on the protein-free DNA, we suppose that DNA-bound proteins mediate the formation of links.’
    arbitrate, conciliate, moderate, umpire, referee, act as peacemaker, reconcile differences, restore harmony, make peace, bring to terms, liaise
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    1. 2.1Be a means of conveying.
      ‘this important ministry of mediating the power of the word’
      • ‘She, too, can give praise to the ‘God of Israel’ whose healing power has been mediated through an Israelite healer.’
      • ‘We can show how the resulting infrastructure mediates social power, and how activists can intervene in the process.’
      • ‘Focus on the power of Christ's speech, which is mediated through scripture and the witness of the Spirit.’
      • ‘In an alien environment, holding on to a meaningful life includes embracing icons, for they mediate power and provide powerful resources for connection and continuity.’
      • ‘Here we find a greater reliance upon the power of the church and this power is mediated by a very strange and special figure.’
      • ‘First, Mormons often assumed that the social meaning of material goods would both emerge from and be mediated by the local community.’
      • ‘Of course, organizations form part of wider power fields and, thus, mediate those power relations to engaged anthropologists and our collaborators.’
      • ‘Hence any communication mediated by an information infrastructure constitutes a transaction.’
      • ‘The process was mediated by the class structure, the role of the state, and the acquisition and use of power by professions.’
      • ‘GPCRs are involved in cell communication processes and in mediating such senses as vision, smell, taste, and pain.’
      • ‘A more ethnographic approach would have shed some important light on how the Navajo community mediated the changes.’
      convey, transmit, communicate, put across, put over, impart, pass on, hand on, relate, reveal
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    2. 2.2Form a connecting link between.
      ‘structures that mediate gender divisions’
      • ‘His claims, that there was a link between the MMR vaccine and autism that was mediated by inflammatory bowel disease, were first publicised in 1998.’
      • ‘So far, several models have been proposed for structures mediating this transition.’
      • ‘A competing, though less compelling, interpretation is that similarity mediates the link between liking and perceived intelligence.’
      • ‘Here, the white ribbon is read as a robe that mediates structure and decoration and opens the building to other forms of signification.’
      • ‘Future work may identify explicit factors mediating the links between somatic and psychological symptoms.’
      • ‘However, the original focal site does not mediate the link between other sites and the language name.’
      • ‘I'm not sure whether this syntactic habit is mediated by gender; it may be merely a consequence of ignorance.’
      • ‘In contrast, Seng and others report that the causal link is indirect, mediated largely by run-away behavior.’
      • ‘I am not happy with this linear story that branches out, this too-facile mapping of narrative over music, mediated by an imaginary structural diagram.’


  • Connected indirectly through another person or thing; involving an intermediate agency.

    ‘public law institutions are a type of mediate state administration’


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.