arbitrate

verb
ar·​bi·​trate | \ ˈär-bə-ˌtrāt How to pronounce arbitrate (audio) \
arbitrated; arbitrating

Definition of arbitrate

transitive verb

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
3 archaic : decide, determine

intransitive verb

: to act as arbiter The council will arbitrate among the interest groups.

Other Words from arbitrate

arbitrative \ ˈär-​bə-​ˌtrā-​tiv How to pronounce arbitrate (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web This agreement to arbitrate is intended to be broadly interpreted. CNN, 22 June 2021 This agreement to arbitrate is intended to be broadly interpreted. CNN, 22 June 2021 This agreement to arbitrate is intended to be broadly interpreted. CNN, 22 June 2021 In a 2011 California case, the court said businesses could require consumers to arbitrate disputes individually rather than joining in a class-action suit. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Mar. 2022 The Supreme Court on Wednesday weighed an employer’s challenge to a California labor law that authorizes private attorneys to sue on behalf of thousands of workers, even if those workers had agreed to arbitrate their claims individually. Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 This agreement to arbitrate is intended to be broadly interpreted. CNN, 22 June 2021 This agreement to arbitrate is intended to be broadly interpreted. CNN, 22 June 2021 This agreement to arbitrate is intended to be broadly interpreted. CNN, 22 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of arbitrate

1588, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

History and Etymology for arbitrate

borrowed from Latin arbitrātus, past participle of arbitrārī "to consider, judge, decide," verbal derivative of arbitr-, arbiter "onlooker, arbiter"

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17 May 2022

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“Arbitrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arbitrate. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for arbitrate

arbitrate

verb
ar·​bi·​trate | \ ˈär-bə-ˌtrāt How to pronounce arbitrate (audio) \
arbitrated; arbitrating

Kids Definition of arbitrate

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.

arbitrate

verb
ar·​bi·​trate | \ ˈär-bə-ˌtrāt How to pronounce arbitrate (audio) \
arbitrated; arbitrating

Legal Definition of arbitrate

transitive verb

1 : to act as arbitrator for
2 : to bring to arbitration for settlement agreed to arbitrate their dispute

intransitive verb

: to act as arbitrator

Other Words from arbitrate

arbitrative \ -​ˌtrā-​tiv How to pronounce arbitrate (audio) \ adjective

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