• (verb) (America) IPA: /ˈmidieɪt/
  • (adjective) (America) IPA: /ˈmidi.ət/

mediate (mediates, present participle mediating; 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.
  4. To act as an intermediary causal or communicative agent; convey
  5. To act as a spiritualistic medium.
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  • Spanish: vehicular


  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.
    • 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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