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.

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Other Words from arbitrate

arbitrative \ ˈär-​bə-​ˌtrā-​tiv How to pronounce arbitrative (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web In terms of the basic process of arbitrating a consensual version of reality, this was an exceedingly hazardous slippery slope. Nathaniel Friedman, The New Republic, "Moments Without Truth," 21 Oct. 2019 On Friday, Salvini’s League took another step toward pushing the Italian government to collapse, calling for a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, whose job has often consisted of arbitrating squabbles between the two parties. Washington Post, "Matteo Salvini is already Italy’s most powerful politician. So why is he trying to bring down the government?," 10 Aug. 2019 The United Nations refugee agency is trying to arbitrate. New York Times, "The Schoolteacher and the Genocide," 8 Aug. 2019 Courtright, who worked as the defensive quality control at USC from 2016 to 2018, signed a document when he was hired agreeing to arbitrate virtually all claims against the school. Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, "Lawsuit by former USC football coach ordered to arbitration," 23 Aug. 2019 Courtright had previously agreed to arbitrate four of his seven claims against USC, including unfair business practices and whistleblower retaliation. Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, "Lawsuit by former USC football coach ordered to arbitration," 23 Aug. 2019 The two sides didn't really fight there, but Universal did contend that there was enough evidence that Moritz had agreed to arbitrate disputes arising out of Fast & Furious, or at very least, an arbitrator should decide the issue of arbitrability. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Universal Stuck in Court With 'Fast and Furious' Producer," 8 July 2019 Two weeks after filing the lawsuit, Courtright and USC agreed to arbitrate four of his seven claims. Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, "Part of lawsuit by ex-USC football assistant headed to arbitration," 5 Aug. 2019 That suit was dismissed when the parties agreed to arbitrate the claim. Paige Skinner, Time, "NBA Teams Are Slowly Eliminating All-Female Dance Squads. Dancers Say That's Sexist.," 29 July 2019

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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
How to pronounce arbitrate (audio)

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 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 arbitrative (audio) \ adjective

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