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me·di·ate

mediate

 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, adjective
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Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: mi di eIt
inflections: mediated, mediates, mediating
definition 1: to act as an intermediary in (a dispute) or bring about (an agreement).
The mayor mediated the dispute between the school district and the teachers' union.The lawyer mediated the agreement between the two sides.
similar words:
accord, arbitrate, interpose, moderate, referee, umpire
definition 2: to act as an agent or means of bringing about, transmitting, or conveying.
similar words:
arrange, negotiate
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: mi di eIt
definition 1: to act as an intermediary, as between contending parties.
The therapist mediated between the quarreling husband and wife.
synonyms:
intercede, interpose
similar words:
arbitrate, intermediate, intervene, moderate, negotiate, referee, umpire
definition 2: to occupy a position in the middle.
similar words:
intervene
 
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: mi di iht
definition: involving or effecting by means of an intermediary; not direct.
similar words:
indirect
derivation: mediator (n.)
Word Parts
The word mediate contains the following parts:
medi Latin root that means middle
synonyms:
meso-
 
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).