mediate

mediate me‧di‧ate [ˈmiːdieɪt] verb [intransitive, transitive]
to try to end an argument between two people or groups by talking to both sides and encouraging them to reach an agreement:

• He was asked to mediate a labor dispute.

mediate between

• an ombudsman who will mediate between disgruntled investors and product providers

— mediation noun [uncountable] :

• As litigation costs soar, mediation is becoming a more popular option.

— mediator noun [countable] :

• An agreement was reached last week with the help of a federal mediator.

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mediate UK US /ˈmiːdieɪt/ verb
[I or T] to help two sides in a disagreement, for example employers and employees, to talk about a solution for ending it: »

Senior government officials backed down on threats to halt oil production when the US offered to mediate in the dispute.

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The US offered to mediate in the dispute.

mediate between sb/sth »

An independent adjudicator attempted to mediate between the two parties, but failed.

mediate a dispute/conflict »

House Bill 377 calls for a third party to help mediate any dispute.

be mediated by sb/sth »

Negotiations were mediated by the United Nations and the African Union.

[T] to try to end a disagreement by helping the two sides to talk about and agree on a solution: mediate an end to a crisis/dispute/strike »

Over the past few days, efforts have continued to mediate an end to the strike.

mediate a solution/settlement/compromise »

We are currently trying to mediate a solution to save the health-insurance program.

Compare ARBITRATE(Cf. arbitrate)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Mediate — Me di*ate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Mediated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mediating}.] [LL. mediatus, p. p. of mediare to mediate. See {Mediate}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. To be in the middle, or between two; to intervene. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. To interpose… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mediate — may refer to: Mediate (song), by INXS Domenic Mediate, professional soccer player Rocco Mediate, professional golfer A common misspelling of the website Mediaite See also Mediation (disambiguation) …   Wikipedia

  • Mediate — Me di*ate, a. [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. [1913 Webster] 2. Acting by means,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mediate — Me di*ate, v. t. 1. To effect by mediation or interposition; to bring about as a mediator, instrument, or means; as, to mediate a peace. [1913 Webster] 2. To divide into two equal parts. [R.] Holder. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mediate — I verb adjust, adjust difficulties, arbitrate, arrange differences, bring to an understanding, bring to terms, bring together, compromise, conciliate, effect an agreement, intercede, interfere, intervene, moderate, negotiate, pacem conciliare,… …   Law dictionary

  • mediate — (v.) 1540s, divide in two equal parts, probably a back formation from MEDIATION (Cf. mediation) or MEDIATOR (Cf. mediator), or else from L. mediatus, pp. of mediare. Meaning act as a mediator is from 1610s; that of settle by mediation is from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • mediate — intercede, intervene, *interpose, interfere Analogous words: arbitrate, *judge, adjudge, adjudicate: conciliate, propitiate (see PACIFY): reconcile, accommodate, *adapt …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • mediate — [v] try to bring to an agreement act as middle*, arbitrate, bring to terms, conciliate, deal, go fifty fifty*, intercede, interfere, intermediate, interpose, intervene, make a deal, make peace, meet halfway*, moderate, negotiate, propitiate,… …   New thesaurus

  • mediate — ► VERB 1) try to settle a dispute between two other parties. 2) technical be a medium for (a process or effect). DERIVATIVES mediation noun mediator noun. ORIGIN Latin mediare place in the middle …   English terms dictionary

  • mediate — [mē′dē āt΄; ] for adj. [, mē′dēit] vi. mediated, mediating [< LL mediatus, pp. of mediare, to divide in the middle < L medius, middle: see MID1] 1. to be in an intermediate position or location 2. to be an intermediary or conciliator… …   English World dictionary

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