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.
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)