[ad_1] verb (used with object), ar·bi·trat·ed, ar·bi·trat·ing.
  1. to decide as arbitrator or arbiter; determine.
  2. to submit to arbitration; settle by arbitration: to arbitrate a dispute.

verb (used without object), ar·bi·trat·ed, ar·bi·trat·ing.

  1. to act as arbitrator or arbiter; decide between opposing or contending parties or sides.
  2. to 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

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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