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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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 And the Supreme Court handed corporations a major victory over their workers, ruling that companies can require workers to individually arbitrate disputes over wages. David Lauter, latimes.com, "Trump discovers, once again, that the job isn't as easy as he thought," 25 May 2018 Lewis Energy later requested the matter be arbitrated, which a judge granted. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Arbitrator finds Lewis Energy destroyed evidence involving injured worker, awards $1.2 million," 14 May 2018 Finra arbitrates complaints about the business activities of a brokerage firm. Rachel Louise Ensign, WSJ, "Bank of America Executive Fights Back After Firing," 27 Apr. 2018 University and college lecturers only recently suspended their own strike action, accepting a joint committee of experts to arbitrate with the government in a dispute over cuts to their pensions. The Economist, "British professionals revolt as austerity hits the middle class," 26 Apr. 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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The first known use of arbitrate was in 1588

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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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