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 arbitrating

Historical Examples of arbitrating

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for arbitrating



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 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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