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[ahr-bi-treyt] /ˈɑr bɪˌtreɪt/
verb (used with object), arbitrated, arbitrating.
to decide as arbitrator or arbiter; determine.
to submit to arbitration; settle by arbitration:
to arbitrate a dispute.
verb (used without object), arbitrated, arbitrating.
to act as arbitrator or arbiter; decide between opposing or contending parties or sides.
to submit a matter to arbitration.
Origin of arbitrate
1580-90; < Latin arbitrātus decided, judged (past participle of arbitrārī), equivalent to arbit(e)r arbiter + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
arbitrative, adjective
rearbitrate, verb, rearbitrated, rearbitrating.
unarbitrated, adjective
unarbitrative, adjective
well-arbitrated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for arbitrate
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  • I conclude you do not wish this amiable company to arbitrate between us.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • I have noticed that it is generally the one who is in the wrong who refuses to arbitrate.

    Up the Forked River

    Edward Sylvester Ellis
  • "Let the peace of God rule (or arbitrate) in your hearts" (Col. 3: 15).

    The Calvary Road Roy Hession
  • Elizabeth at once offered to arbitrate between Mary and her subjects.

    History of the English People John Richard Green
  • He would carry the game into the enemy's camp and then, if necessary, arbitrate.

    The Fifth Ace

    Douglas Grant
  • I was not consulted, and my father declined to arbitrate between them.

    A Romantic Young Lady

    Robert Grant
  • These Quakers, disagreeing, had asked Penn to arbitrate between them.

    William Penn George Hodges
  • A mixed commission to arbitrate between France and Chili, 1882.

  • This is my section, Grant drawled with no show of inclination to arbitrate the matter.

    Dust of the Desert Robert Welles Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for arbitrate


to settle or decide (a dispute); achieve a settlement between parties
to submit to or settle by arbitration
Derived Forms
arbitrable, adjective
arbitrator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin arbitrāri to give judgment; see arbiter
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Word Origin and History for arbitrate

1580s (arbitrable is recorded from 1530s), "to give an authoritative decision," from Latin arbitratus, past participle of arbitrari "be of an opinion, give a decision," from arbiter (see arbiter). Meaning "to act as an arbitrator" is from 1610s. Related: Arbitrated; arbitrating. The earlier verb form was arbitren (early 15c.).

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