arbitrate

verb
ar·​bi·​trate | \ˈär-bə-ˌtrāt \
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.

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Other Words from arbitrate

arbitrative \ -​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.
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New Prime argued that Mr. Oliveira was required to arbitrate his dispute. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "Supreme Court to Weigh Workers’ Right to Sue Their Employers," 24 Oct. 2018 Trump’s decision to bypass the World Trade Organization, set up to arbitrate tariff and other trade disputes, risks causing other nations to retaliate with protectionist measures that could damage the world economy. Jim Puzzanghera, latimes.com, "Trump brings chaos to G7 with trade threats and praise for Russia – and then backs out of joint agreement," 10 June 2018 Under the terms of her employment, disputes like hers must be arbitrated privately, rather than in civil court, Hadas said. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "Methuen woman fired for off-duty marijuana use files arbitration claim," 28 June 2018 The court in 1983 upheld binding arbitration for two businesses which signed contracts promising to arbitrate disputes. David G. Savage, latimes.com, "How the Supreme Court is invoking a 1925 law to restrict workers' rights today," 23 May 2018 In fact, Lyft continues to require that its riders arbitrate their issues against the company. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber will now allow riders, drivers and employees to pursue individual claims of sexual assault in open court," 15 May 2018 Lesak, Heyman and Nuciforo have been arbitrating over their old employment contracts. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "CAA, UTA Headed to Second Arbitration Over "Lawless Midnight Raid"," 11 July 2018 Otherwise, you shall be bound to arbitrate disputes in accordance with the terms of those paragraphs. sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Union-Tribune Terms of Service," 25 June 2018 Trump's decision to bypass the World Trade Organization, set up to arbitrate tariff and other trade disputes, risks causing other nations to retaliate with protectionist measures that could damage the world economy. Author: Jim Puzzanghera, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump leaves G-7 summit early after rattling allies with trade threats," 9 June 2018

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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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arbitrate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of arbitrate

: to settle an argument between two people or groups after hearing the opinions and ideas of both

arbitrate

verb
ar·​bi·​trate | \ˈär-bə-ˌtrāt \
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 \
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 \ adjective

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