arbitrate

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verb ar·bi·trate \ˈär-bə-ˌtrāt\

Definition of arbitrate

arbitrated

;

arbitrating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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.

  3. 2 :  to submit or refer for decision to an arbiter agreed to arbitrate their differences

  4. 3 archaic :  decide, determine

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to act as arbiter The council will arbitrate among the interest groups.

arbitrative

play \-ˌtrā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of arbitrate in a sentence

  1. The council will arbitrate among the interest groups.

  2. arbitrate between managers and staff

  3. She will arbitrate the dispute.

Origin and Etymology of arbitrate

see arbiter


First Known Use: 1588


ARBITRATE Defined for English Language Learners

arbitrate

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verb ar·bi·trate \ˈär-bə-ˌtrāt\

Definition of arbitrate for English Language Learners

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


ARBITRATE Defined for Kids

arbitrate

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verb ar·bi·trate \ˈär-bə-ˌtrāt\

Definition of arbitrate for Students

arbitrated

;

arbitrating

  1. 1 :  to settle a disagreement after hearing the arguments of both sides She agreed to arbitrate their dispute.

  2. 2 :  to refer a dispute to others for settlement Since we couldn't agree, we decided to arbitrate our differences.


Law Dictionary

arbitrate

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verb ar·bi·trate \ˈär-bə-ˌtrāt\

Legal Definition of arbitrate

arbitrated

arbitrating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to act as arbitrator for

  3. 2 :  to bring to arbitration for settlement agreed to arbitrate their dispute

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to act as arbitrator

arbitrative

\-ˌtrā-tiv\ play adjective


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