Mediate vs Facilitate - What's the difference?

mediate | facilitate |


As verbs the difference between mediate and facilitate

is that mediate is to resolve differences, or to bring about a settlement, between conflicting parties while facilitate is to make easy or easier.

As an adjective mediate

is acting through a mediating agency.

mediate

English

Verb

(mediat)
  • To resolve differences, or to bring about a settlement, between conflicting parties.
  • To intervene between conflicting parties in order to resolve differences or bring about a settlement.
  • To divide into two equal parts.
  • (Holder)
  • To act as an intermediary causal or communicative agent; convey
  • Adjective

  • Acting through a mediating agency.
  • * (Oliver Sacks)
  • Vygotsky saw the development of language and mental powers as neither learned, in the ordinary way, nor emerging epigenetically, but as being social and mediate in nature, as arising from the interaction of adult and child, and as internalizing the cultural instrument of language for the processes of thought.
  • Intermediate between extremes.
  • (Prior)
  • Gained or effected by a medium or condition.
  • (Francis Bacon)
  • * Sir W. Hamilton
  • An act of mediate knowledge is complex.

    Derived terms

    * mediately

    facilitate

    English

    Verb

    (facilitat)
  • To make easy or easier.
  • To help bring about
  • To preside over (a meeting, a seminar)