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How to pronounce mediate (audio)


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Dictionary definition of mediate

To intervene in a dispute or conflict in order to resolve it and bring about a peaceful resolution.
"The teacher had to mediate a disagreement between two students during class."

Detailed meaning of mediate

Mediation is a process by which a neutral third party, called a mediator, helps two or more disputing parties to reach a mutually acceptable agreement. Mediation is a voluntary process and the mediator does not impose a solution but helps the parties to communicate effectively, explore options and find their own solution. Mediation is often used as an alternative to litigation, as it can be less costly, quicker and less adversarial than going to court. Mediation is used in a wide range of disputes such as family, workplace, commercial and community disputes. Mediation is a process that can be used in any situation where there is a conflict or disagreement, whether it is between individuals, groups, or organizations.

Example sentences containing mediate

1. They agreed to mediate the dispute between the two parties.
2. Can you mediate the discussion between them to find a resolution?
3. We need someone neutral to mediate the negotiation process.
4. The mediator will help mediate the conversation and ensure everyone's voice is heard.
5. They decided to hire a professional mediator to mediate the family conflict.
6. The team chose a trusted colleague to mediate the disagreement.

History and etymology of mediate

The verb 'mediate' has its etymological origins in Latin, specifically from the word 'mediare,' which means 'to be in the middle' or 'to intervene.' This Latin term stems from 'medius,' meaning 'middle,' emphasizing the role of being in the middle of a dispute or conflict as a neutral party. In English, 'mediate' entered the language in the late 16th century and retained its sense of intervening in a dispute or conflict in order to bring about a peaceful resolution. The etymology of 'mediate' thus reflects its historical connection to the idea of acting as an intermediary, positioned between conflicting parties to facilitate communication, negotiation, and reconciliation, all with the aim of achieving harmony and resolution.

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Further usage examples of mediate

1. The teacher stepped in to mediate the argument between the students.
2. They called for an external expert to mediate the sensitive issue.
3. We should bring in a neutral third party to mediate the contract negotiations.
4. The mediator will mediate the dialogue and guide the conversation towards a solution.
5. They successfully mediated the conflict and reached a mutually beneficial agreement.
6. It is important to establish ground rules when mediating a discussion.
7. They have been trained to mediate conflicts in a fair and impartial manner.
8. We will mediate the conversation to ensure a productive exchange of ideas.
9. The judge asked the attorneys to mediate the settlement outside the courtroom.
10. They sought the help of a trusted friend to mediate the relationship breakdown.
11. The counselor will mediate the therapy session and facilitate communication.
12. We need someone with strong mediation skills to mediate the labor dispute.
13. The organization provides resources to mediate workplace conflicts.
14. They were able to mediate the differences and find common ground.



reconcile, inflame, aggravate, provoke


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