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 No one expects the public at large to fully understand all discoveries or to be able to arbitrate between possible treatments. Liv Grjebine, Scientific American, "Why Doubt Is Essential to Science," 9 Oct. 2020 Russia and China, incidentally, will be added as new members of the U.N. Human Rights Council for the next term, just in time to arbitrate the American election. David Harsanyi, National Review, "A New York Times Columnist Wish-Casts Foreign Intervention into U.S. Elections," 8 Oct. 2020 The move came after Live Nation produced a 2009 letter in which plaintiff Candace Newman agreed to arbitrate disputes with the company. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Live Nation Discrimination Case Moved To Binding Arbitration," 4 Sep. 2020 Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said last fall in a speech at Georgetown University that his company would not arbitrate the harms of speech from political leaders. Cecilia Kang, New York Times, "Facebook Removes Misleading Trump Census Ads," 5 Mar. 2020 It is said that the American president arbitrated a boundary dispute between Argentina and Paraguay, giving Paraguay 60 percent of its current territory. Fox News, "Five cities or villages outside United States named after an American president," 6 Feb. 2020 The software must learn to arbitrate between these two components and then recommend adjustments to the air speed of each plane to avoid collisions while meeting its other goals. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "‘Boring A.I.’ may be the real lifesaver in this pandemic," 7 Apr. 2020 In addition to sports, Mr. Nicolau arbitrated disputes in aviation, communications and entertainment. Washington Post, "George Nicolau, arbitrator in MLB collusion cases, dies at 94," 10 Jan. 2020 The federal panel that arbitrates management-labor disputes will issue a rule this week that is expected to limit the ability of employees at fast-food restaurants and staffing firms to organize unions. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Labor Rule Impedes Fast-Food, Contract Workers’ Ability to Unionize," 25 Feb. 2020

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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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19 Oct 2020

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“Arbitrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arbitrate. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for arbitrate

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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