Definition of arbitrate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɑːbɪtreɪt/


[no object]
(Of an independent person or body) reach an authoritative judgement or settlement: the board has the power to arbitrate in disputes [with object]: the insurance ombudsman arbitrates insurance matters
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  • In Britain judges arbitrated on the fate of the convicted during the trial and used their powers of mercy to demonstrate the majesty of the law to a wider populace.
  • It states that you do not arbitrate but, rather, the public does.
  • The rational behind Weber is that were parties have a collective agreement and an arbitration provision, they should arbitrate their disputes and not utilize the court process.
adjudicate, judge, adjudge, referee, umpire, sit in judgement, pass judgement, pronounce judgement, give a verdict, make a ruling;
mediate, negotiate, conciliate, intervene, intercede, interpose, step in, make peace, act as peacemaker;
settle, decide, determine, resolve


Mid 16th century: from Latin arbitrat- 'judged', from arbitrari, from arbiter 'judge, supreme ruler'.

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