[ ahr-bi-trahzh for 1, 3; ahr-bi-trij for 2 ]
/ ˈɑr bɪˌtrɑʒ for 1, 3; ˈɑr bɪ trɪdʒ for 2 /
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Finance. the simultaneous purchase and sale of the same securities, commodities, or foreign exchange in different markets to profit from unequal prices.
Archaic. arbitration.

verb (used without object), ar·bi·traged, ar·bi·trag·ing.

Finance. to engage in arbitrage.



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Origin of arbitrage

1470–80; <Middle French, equivalent to arbitr(er) to arbitrate, regulate (<Latin arbitrārī;see arbitrate) + -age-age
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British Dictionary definitions for arbitrage

/ (ˈɑːbɪˌtrɑːʒ, ˈɑːbɪtrɪdʒ) /


  1. the purchase of currencies, securities, or commodities in one market for immediate resale in others in order to profit from unequal prices
  2. (as modifier)arbitrage operations

Derived forms of arbitrage

arbitrageur (ˌɑːbɪtræˈʒɜː), noun

Word Origin for arbitrage

C15: from French, from arbitrer to arbitrate
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