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 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 USAA Bank countered that the court should compel the parties to arbitrate the dispute, as spelled out in the deposit agreement. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio-based USAA Bank settles overdraft fees lawsuit," 2 Dec. 2019 And there's code in place to effectively arbitrate any disputes or discrepancies between the game state on each machine. Richard C. Moss, Ars Technica, "How Warcraft III birthed a genre, changed a franchise, and earned a Reforge-ing," 27 Jan. 2020 As part of her employment contract, Dugan had agreed to arbitrate any future disputes between herself and the academy confidentially and in private. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Recording Academy Says Deborah Dugan Arbitration Can Play Out in Public," 4 Feb. 2020 Shorey signed an an agreement to arbitrate any claims against Whataburger. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Whataburger faces wrongful-death lawsuit by worker’s family," 31 Jan. 2020 Talent said O'Brien formerly arbitrated international legal cases and probably wore a tie more often than others in Los Angeles. Eric Tucker, chicagotribune.com, "Trump names hostage negotiator Robert O’Brien as his fourth national security adviser in 3 years," 18 Sep. 2019 The opinion states that the Orioles did not consent to arbitration in front of Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and that the team did not waive its right to arbitrate in front of the American Arbitration Association. Phil Davis, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles win court ruling to allow arbitration in profit dispute with the Nationals," 19 Nov. 2019 It’s left to the reader, finally, to arbitrate the cost of the greater good. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "“Watchmen,” “The Boys,” and the False Hope That Superheroes Can Save Us," 17 Dec. 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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21 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Arbitrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arbitrate. Accessed 5 Apr. 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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