Verb arbitrate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


arbitrate (third-person singular simple present arbitrates, present participle arbitrating, simple past and past participle arbitrated)

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

More definition: decide as arbitrator or arbiter; determine. submit to arbitration; settle by arbitration, to arbitrate a dispute. act as arbitrator or arbiter; decide between opposing or contending parties or sides. submit a matter to arbitration.

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

2. to submit to or settle by arbitration Derived Formsarbitrable, adjectivearbitrator, noun Word OriginC16, from Latin arbitrāri to give judgment; see arbiterCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.).


This led to the establishment of podests, who represented a compromise between two radically hostile parties in the city, and whose business it was to arbitrate and keep the peace between them.

In 1877 he was one of the counsel for the United States before the commission which in accordance with the treaty of Washington met at Halifax, N.S., to arbitrate the fisheries question between the United States and Great Britain.

Negotiations with Great Britain ensued, and before the American special commission finished its work, Great Britain had agreed, November 1896, to arbitrate on terms which safeguarded the national dignity on both sides.

So high was the reputation of the Parians that they were chosen by the people of Miletus to arbitrate in a party dispute (Herod.

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