- An example of arbitrate is to hear issues and help a couple decide on a divorce settlement.
- The couple's act of having that dispute settled is an example of arbitrate.
The definition of arbitrate is to submit a dispute to be settled to someone other than a judge, or to do the act of settling a dispute between two parties.
transitive verb-·trat·ed, -·trat·ing
- to give to an arbitrator to decide; settle by arbitration
- to decide (a dispute) as an arbitrator
Origin of arbitratefrom Classical Latin arbitratus, past participle of arbitrari, to give a decision from arbiter, arbiter
- to act as an arbitrator (in a dispute, between persons)
- to submit a dispute to arbitration
verbar·bi·trat·ed, ar·bi·trat·ing, ar·bi·trates
- To judge or decide in or as in the manner of an arbitrator: arbitrate a dispute between neighbors.
- To submit to settlement or judgment by arbitration: Management and labor agreed to arbitrate their remaining differences.
- To serve as an arbitrator or arbiter.
- To submit a dispute to arbitration.
Origin of arbitrateLatin arbitrārī arbitrāt- to give judgment from arbiter arbitr- arbiter ; see arbiter .
(third-person singular simple present arbitrates, present participle arbitrating, simple past and past participle arbitrated)