If your two best friends aren't speaking to each other, you might find yourself trying to mediate a peace accord between them. To mediate is to go from one to another and try to make peace.

Mediate derives from the Latin medius "middle," and people who mediate are in the middle, between the parties. Other things that are in the middle can be said to mediate as well. Your mind can mediate between your two conflicting personalities.

Definitions of mediate

v act between parties with a view to reconciling differences

“He mediated a settlement”
arbitrate, intercede, intermediate, liaise
Type of:
negociate, negotiate, talk terms
discuss the terms of an arrangement

v occupy an intermediate or middle position or form a connecting link or stage between two others

mediate between the old and the new”
Type of:
be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

adj acting through or dependent on an intervening agency

“the disease spread by mediate as well as direct contact”
having intervening factors or persons or influences
acting or brought about through an intervening agency
having no intervening medium
direct, unmediated
having no intervening persons, agents, conditions
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adj being neither at the beginning nor at the end in a series

“in a mediate position”
in-between, middle
lying between two extremes in time or space or state

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