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arbitrate

[ahr-bi-treyt] /ˈɑr bɪˌtreɪt/
verb (used with object), arbitrated, arbitrating.
1.
to decide as arbitrator or arbiter; determine.
2.
to submit to arbitration; settle by arbitration:
to arbitrate a dispute.
verb (used without object), arbitrated, arbitrating.
3.
to act as arbitrator or arbiter; decide between opposing or contending parties or sides.
4.
to submit a matter to arbitration.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin arbitrātus decided, judged (past participle of arbitrārī), equivalent to arbit(e)r arbiter + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
arbitrative, adjective
rearbitrate, verb, rearbitrated, rearbitrating.
unarbitrated, adjective
unarbitrative, adjective
well-arbitrated, adjective
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Examples from the web for arbitrate
  • I'd like to have the matter arbitrated.
  • He was never again asked to arbitrate a baseball case.
  • Yet it is now being asked to arbitrate on matters which are intensely political.
  • It is unclear who would arbitrate in future similar instances.
  • He even offered to arbitrate the wage dispute as an alternative to strike action.
  • The union insists management already has the power on the local level to arbitrate work practices.
  • The company wanted to arbitrate the case before deciding whether to rehire them.
  • Two more inspectors were brought in to arbitrate on which findings were valid.
  • And there is disagreement over who should ultimately arbitrate budget disputes.
  • But the Cabinet chose to arbitrate only those issues still outstanding.
British Dictionary definitions for arbitrate

arbitrate

/ˈɑːbɪˌtreɪt/
verb
1.
to settle or decide (a dispute); achieve a settlement between parties
2.
to submit to or settle by arbitration
Derived Forms
arbitrable, adjective
arbitrator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin arbitrāri to give judgment; see arbiter
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Word Origin and History for arbitrate
v.

1580s (arbitrable is recorded from 1530s), "to give an authoritative decision," from Latin arbitratus, past participle of arbitrari "be of an opinion, give a decision," from arbiter (see arbiter). Meaning "to act as an arbitrator" is from 1610s. Related: Arbitrated; arbitrating. The earlier verb form was arbitren (early 15c.).

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