V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, adjective

Definition: (v.) 1. to be in a middle position between two others; 2. to attempt to resolve a dispute by acting as a middle man and working with all parties; (adj.) 1. being in the middle; 2. to be neither at the beginning, nor at the end

Synonyms: (v.) intercede, arbitrate, interfere, moderate, negotiate, resolve, interpose

Antonyms: (v.) contend, fight, dispute, judge

Tips: When learning the meaning of the word mediate, think of the related word median, which means "middle." Mediate refers to objectively overseeing, by being in the middle of, a dispute in order to help resolve it. A mediator is the person mediating or handling the mediation.

Usage Examples:

An independent committee will help mediate the labor dispute. (arbitrate, resolve, negotiate)

Jill was sent in to mediate the negotiations and make sure that both sides were happy with the outcome. (arbitrate, moderate)

They have asked a priest to mediate the hostage situation. (resolve, intercede in, negotiate)

I think Im right, you think you're right; what we need is a good mediator to resolve this impasse. (negotiator, moderator) noun

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