ME'DIATE, a. [L. medius, middle.] Middle; being between the two extremes. Anxious we hover in a mediate state.1. Interposed; intervening; being between two objects. Soon the mediate clouds shall be dispelled.2. Acting by means, or by an intervening cause or instrument. Thus we speak of mediate and immediate cause of its motion; the oar with which a man rows a boat is the immediate cause of its motion; but the rower is the mediate cause, acting by means of the oar.
ME'DIATE, v.i. To interpose between parties, as the equal friend of each; to act indifferently between contending parties, with a view to reconciliation; to intercede. The prince that mediates between nations and prevents a war, is the benefactor of both parties.1. To be between two. [Little used.]
ME'DIATE, v.t. To effect by mediation or interposition between parties; as, to mediate a peace.1. To limit by something in the middle. [Not used.]