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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.]



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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.]

ME'DI-ATE, a. [Fr. mediat; It. mediato; from L. medius, middle.]

  1. Middle; being between the two extremes. Anxious we hover in a mediate state. – Prior.
  2. Interposed; intervening; being between two objects. Soon the mediate clouds shall be dispelled. – Prior.
  3. Acting by means, or by an intervening cause or instrument. Thus we speak of mediate and immediate causes. The wind that propels a ship is the 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'DI-ATE, v.i.

  1. 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.
  2. To be between two. [Little used.] – Digby.

ME'DI-ATE, v.t.

  1. To effect by mediation or interposition between parties; as, to mediate a peace. – Clarendon.
  2. To limit by something in the middle. [Not used.] – Holder.

Me"di*ate
  1. Being between the two extremes; middle; interposed; intervening; intermediate.

    Prior.
  2. To be in the middle, or between two] to intervene.

    [R.]
  3. To effect by mediation or interposition; to bring about as a mediator, instrument, or means; as, to mediate a peace.
  4. Acting by means, or by an intervening cause or instrument; not direct or immediate; acting or suffering through an intervening agent or condition.
  5. To interpose between parties, as the equal friend of each, esp. for the purpose of effecting a reconciliation or agreement; as, to mediate between nations.
  6. To divide into two equal parts.

    [R.] Holder.
  7. Gained or effected by a medium or condition.

    Bacon.

    An act of mediate knowledge is complex. Sir W. Hamilton.

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Mediate

ME'DIATE, adjective [Latin 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, verb intransitive 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, verb transitive To effect by mediation or interposition between parties; as, to mediate a peace.

1. To limit by something in the middle. [Not used.]

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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