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[ahr-bi-treyt] /ˈɑr bɪˌtreɪt/
verb (used with object), arbitrated, arbitrating.
to decide as arbitrator or arbiter; determine.
to submit to arbitration; settle by arbitration:
to arbitrate a dispute.
verb (used without object), arbitrated, arbitrating.
to act as arbitrator or arbiter; decide between opposing or contending parties or sides.
to submit a matter to arbitration.
Origin of arbitrate
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for arbitrated
  • If your matter is arbitrated, the decision of the arbitrator is non-binding.
  • arbitrated decisions are binding on the manufacturer, once accepted by the consumer.
  • He has mediated and arbitrated a variety of construction disputes.
  • If a dispute arises as to the calculation of financial benefits, such disputes should be arbitrated by an independent third party.
  • Several carriers, however, have opted into interconnection agreements negotiated or arbitrated by other carriers.
British Dictionary definitions for arbitrated


to settle or decide (a dispute); achieve a settlement between parties
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 arbitrated



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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