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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A local magistrate has been asked to arbitrate between farmers and conservationist groups.
▪ As president of the European Council he arbitrated in an argument over cereal prices.
▪ Most brokerage firms require customers to arbitrate disputes rather than file lawsuits.
▪ Ms. Montoya was appointed to the commission that arbitrates disputes between businesses and employees.
▪ Because they had formal authority, the managers were to arbitrate any disputes that then arose.
▪ It follows that the pope should arbitrate between claimants to the emperorship.
▪ The commission will seek to arbitrate a resolution before handing down a decision in late summer.
▪ They had to arbitrate like civilized people.
▪ Where that fails, the Secretary of State will have powers to arbitrate and impose a contract on the parties.
▪ Will the Supreme Court arbitrate accounting standards?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Arbitrate \Ar"bi*trate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Arbitrated; p. pr. & vb. n. Arbitrating.] [L. arbitratus, p. p. of arbitrari to be a hearer or beholder of something, to make a decision, to give judgment, fr. arbiter. See Arbiter.]

  1. To hear and decide, as arbitrators; as, to choose to arbitrate a disputed case.

  2. To decide, or determine generally.

    There shall your swords and lances arbitrate The swelling difference of your settled hate.


Arbitrate \Ar"bi*trate\, v. i.

  1. To decide; to determine.

  2. To act as arbitrator or judge; as, to arbitrate upon several reports; to arbitrate in disputes among neighbors; to arbitrate between parties to a suit.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.).


vb. 1 To make a judgment (on a dispute) as an arbitrator or arbiter 2 To submit (a dispute) to such judgment 3 (context mathematics rare English) To assign an object an arbitrary value, or otherwise arbitrarily determine it


v. act between parties with a view to reconciling differences; "He interceded in the family dispute"; "He mediated a settlement" [syn: intercede, mediate, intermediate, liaise]

Usage examples of "arbitrate".

Of course, the other side will have to agree to this plan, the mediator will have to be willing to arbitrate, and the proper agreements and disclosures will have to be signed by the parties.

Fearing civil war, the Guardians of the Realm of Scotland had reluctantly approached Edward of England to arbitrate among the various rivals.

Corporations, especially those operating internationally and therefore subject to the complications of international law, sign contracts in which they agree that any dispute over the meaning of the contract will be arbitrated by the AAA.

Thus the threat of blacklisting would be an effective sanction to enforce compliance with arbitrated contracts.

Senate has approved treaties providing for the submission of specific matters to arbitration, leaving it to the President to determine exactly the form and scope of the matter to be arbitrated and to appoint the arbitrators.

Having arbitrated the Scottish succession, King Edward may now feel that he has the right to dictate the course of Scottish affairs.

These very restricted appeal rules make sense, because the whole point of arbitrating is to let disputants resolve a case once and for all without a court fight.

The firms, when they draw up a contract, specify a procedure for arbitrating any dispute that may arise.

A court supports itself by charging for the service of arbitrating disputes.

She had insinuated that she could pull rank, could have Reiche Planchette arbitrate differences, that she was in a privileged position that made Marilena feel like a mere means to an end.

Today he writes, arbitrates, and trains arbitrators for the National Association of Securities Dealers.

Penwyn handles what administration there is and he arbitrates any disputes as well, but it's an orderly world.

  Penwyn handles what administration there is and he arbitrates any disputes, as well, but it's an orderly world.

Discussion and the general will arbitrates the question, and to this, private opinion yields with a good grace, and order is preserved uninterrupted.

I’ve heard he’s turned into a sort of judge who arbitrates interracial disputes.