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 arbitrate (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 When a commercial real estate or other business transaction leads to a dispute, the parties sometimes prefer to arbitrate rather than litigate. Joshua Stein, Forbes, "Arbitration Awards – Maybe Not As Confidential As You Think," 27 Apr. 2021 The settlement comes after Ford appealed a federal judge’s denial of its request to arbitrate after Ford litigated the case in court for three years. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford pays $49K to couple for 2014 Fiesta, settles defective transmission cases," 26 Apr. 2021 Who would arbitrate conflicting claims between potentially millions of squatting bots feuding over provenance and authenticity issues? Rick Prelinger, Wired, "NFTs and AI Are Unsettling the Very Concept of History," 20 Apr. 2021 O’Connor ruled that Presley never asked for any evidence of an agreement to arbitrate. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "‘Sovereign citizens’ allegedly filed $3 million fake award against Tarrant judges to harass them," 26 Mar. 2021 Determining if someone truly has an underlying condition is not a decision Kent County wants to arbitrate. Ted Roelofs, Detroit Free Press, "Who gets COVID-19 vaccine next? Mich. health officials face 'incredibly difficult decisions'," 22 Dec. 2020 The minority owners had previously asked the NFL to arbitrate the proceedings after having decided to sell their stakes in the team. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Former AG Loretta Lynch Joins NFL Probe of Escalating Fight Among Washington Football Team Owners," 22 Dec. 2020 While the company made some changes, such as no longer forcing employees to arbitrate workplace claims, the bulk of those demands remain unmet. Mark Bergen, Fortune, "Google workers escalate fight over ouster of top A.I. researcher," 17 Dec. 2020 The agency in certain cases can help arbitrate the dispute over the surprise bill. Rebekah L. Sanders, The Arizona Republic, "Their 5-year-old broke his arm, and they paid the bills. Then came another charge, for more than $2,000," 29 Oct. 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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“Arbitrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arbitrate. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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 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 arbitrate (audio) \ adjective

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