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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To annex (a lesser state) to a greater state as a means of permitting the ruler of the lesser state to retain title and partial authority.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To annex a country while allowing the ruler of the country to retain certain rights
  • v. To mediate
  • v. To be mediatized by the Roman Empire

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cause to act through an agent or to hold a subordinate position; to annex; -- specifically applied to the annexation during the former German empire of a smaller German state to a larger, while allowing it a nominal sovereignty, and its prince his rank.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make mediate; reduce from an immediate or direct to a mediate or indirect relation through the interposition of a secondary superior or controlling agency.
  • To mediate.

Etymologies

Probably French médiatiser, from médiat, dependent, from Old French, back-formation from immediat, independent, from Late Latin immediātus; see immediate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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