[ ahr-bi-treyt ]
See synonyms for: arbitratearbitrated on

verb (used with object),ar·bi·trat·ed, ar·bi·trat·ing.
  1. to decide as arbitrator or arbiter; determine.

  2. to submit to arbitration; settle by arbitration: to arbitrate a dispute.

verb (used without object),ar·bi·trat·ed, ar·bi·trat·ing.
  1. to act as arbitrator or arbiter; decide between opposing or contending parties or sides.

  2. to submit a matter to arbitration.

Origin of arbitrate

First recorded in 1580–90; from Latin arbitrātus “decided, judged,” past participle of arbitrārī “to decide, judge,” from arbit(e)r arbiter

Other words from arbitrate

  • ar·bi·tra·tive, adjective
  • re·ar·bi·trate, verb, re·ar·bi·trat·ed, re·ar·bi·trat·ing.
  • un·ar·bi·trat·ed, adjective
  • un·ar·bi·tra·tive, adjective
  • well-ar·bi·trat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use arbitrate in a sentence

  • 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
  • The agreement also includes methods for arbitrating differences.

    The Armies of Labor | Samuel P. Orth
  • But the opportunity was also taken of arbitrating old feuds and squabbles.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia | William Cornwallis Harris
  • She is continually arbitrating and making adjustments, always ready to listen to childish woes and to allay them when she can.

    How To Write Special Feature Articles | Willard Grosvenor Bleyer

British Dictionary definitions for arbitrate


/ (ˈɑːbɪˌtreɪt) /

  1. to settle or decide (a dispute); achieve a settlement between parties

  2. to submit to or settle by arbitration

Origin of arbitrate

C16: from Latin arbitrāri to give judgment; see arbiter

Derived forms of arbitrate

  • arbitrable, adjective
  • arbitrator, noun

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