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arbitrate

[ahr-bi-treyt] /ˈɑr bɪˌtreɪt/
verb (used with object), arbitrated, arbitrating.
1.
to decide as arbitrator or arbiter; determine.
2.
to submit to arbitration; settle by arbitration:
to arbitrate a dispute.
verb (used without object), arbitrated, arbitrating.
3.
to act as arbitrator or arbiter; decide between opposing or contending parties or sides.
4.
to submit a matter to arbitration.
Origin of arbitrate
1580-1590
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
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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

arbitrate

/ˈɑːbɪˌtreɪt/
verb
1.
to settle or decide (a dispute); achieve a settlement between parties
2.
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
v.

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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