Definition of arbitrate
1 : to act as arbiter upon (a disputed question) : to settle (a dispute between two people or groups) after hearing the arguments and opinions of both She arbitrated the dispute.
2 : to submit or refer for decision to an arbiter agreed to arbitrate their differences
: to act as arbiter The council will arbitrate among the interest groups.
arbitrativeplay \-ˌtrā-tiv\ adjective
Examples of arbitrate in a sentence
The council will arbitrate among the interest groups.
arbitrate between managers and staff
She will arbitrate the dispute.
Origin and Etymology of arbitrate
borrowed from Latin arbitrātus, past participle of arbitrārī “to consider, judge, decide,” verbal derivative of arbitr-, arbiter “onlooker, arbiter”
First Known Use: 1588
ARBITRATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of arbitrate for English Language Learners
: to settle an argument between two people or groups after hearing the opinions and ideas of both
ARBITRATE Defined for Kids
Definition of arbitrate for Students
1 : to settle a disagreement after hearing the arguments of both sides She agreed to arbitrate their dispute.
2 : to refer a dispute to others for settlement Since we couldn't agree, we decided to arbitrate our differences.
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