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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 arbitrating
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  • The agreement also includes methods for arbitrating differences.

    The Armies of Labor Samuel P. Orth
  • But who made it so as there was no arbitrating and no justice to be got?

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol IV. Editors: Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  • As for the other Churches, they have not the same power of arbitrating in national quarrels.

    Outspoken Essays William Ralph Inge
  • The arbitrating board consisted of three members from each of the two nations.

    The Path of Empire Carl Russell Fish
  • The sworn classers are nominated by the directors, and concern themselves solely with the classing and arbitrating of cotton.

    Bremen Cotton Exchange Andreas Wilhelm Cramer
  • But the opportunity was also taken of arbitrating old feuds and squabbles.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia William Cornwallis Harris
British Dictionary definitions for arbitrating


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 arbitrating



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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