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arbitrage

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noun ar·bi·trage \ˈär-bə-ˌträzh\

Definition of arbitrage

  1. 1 :  the nearly simultaneous purchase and sale of securities or foreign exchange in different markets in order to profit from price discrepancies

  2. 2 :  the purchase of the stock of a takeover target especially with a view to selling it profitably to the raider

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Origin and Etymology of arbitrage

borrowed from French, literally, “decision-making, judgment,” going back to Old French, “judgment pronounced by an arbiter,” from arbitrer “to pass judgment” (borrowed from Latin arbitrārī “to consider, judge, decide,” verbal derivative of arbitr-, arbiter “onlooker, arbiter”) + -age -age


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arbitrage

verb ar·bi·trage

Definition of arbitrage

arbitraged

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arbitraging

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to engage in arbitrage

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First Known Use of arbitrage

1857


ARBITRAGE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of arbitrage for English Language Learners

  • business : the practice of buying something (such as foreign money, gold, etc.) in one place and selling it almost immediately in another place where it is worth more


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arbitrage

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noun ar·bi·trage \ˈär-bə-ˌträzh\

Legal Definition of arbitrage

  1. 1 :  the purchase of a security, commodity, or foreign currency in one market for the purpose of immediately selling it at a higher price in another market

  2. 2 :  the purchase of the stock of a takeover target especially for the purpose of selling it to the raider for a profit

Origin and Etymology of arbitrage

French, literally, arbitration, decision-making


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