verb (used with object), ar·bi·trat·ed, ar·bi·trat·ing.

to decide as arbitrator or arbiter; determine.
to submit to arbitration; settle by arbitration: to arbitrate a dispute.

verb (used without object), ar·bi·trat·ed, ar·bi·trat·ing.

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 formsar·bi·tra·tive, adjectivere·ar·bi·trate, verb, re·ar·bi·trat·ed, re·ar·bi·trat·ing.un·ar·bi·trat·ed, adjectiveun·ar·bi·tra·tive, adjectivewell-ar·bi·trat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for arbitrated

Historical Examples of arbitrated

  • Disputes can not be arbitrated out by other people for them.

  • I appreciate that some questions are not justiciable and cannot be arbitrated.

  • For two weeks they studied, debated, and arbitrated the list of guests.


    Sinclair Lewis

  • Had that belief not been widely spread and firmly maintained, the lords who arbitrated between Henry VI.

  • And it is a fortunate thing that between them few "Questions" remain to be arbitrated either by pen or sword.

British Dictionary definitions for arbitrated



to settle or decide (a dispute); achieve a settlement between parties
to submit to or settle by arbitration
Derived Formsarbitrable, adjectivearbitrator, noun

Word Origin for arbitrate

C16: from Latin arbitrāri to give judgment; see arbiter
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Word Origin and History for arbitrated



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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