Definition of arbitrate in English:



  • (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’
    • ‘Firstly he legislated to restrict the Commission's power to arbitrate and, in doing so, its capacity to conciliate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Senior monks serve as guidance counsellors, and advise and arbitrate in local disputes.’
    • ‘He warned the council in an address yesterday afternoon not to attempt to arbitrate on the matter as it was only the courts that could interpret the law.’
    • ‘The contesting parties choose the judges who will arbitrate, choose which issues and legal principles are to apply and also decide whether the public has any access to the proceedings.’
    • ‘The court was given extensive powers to prevent strikes, arbitrate and enforce settlement of industrial disputes.’
    • ‘In such a case, legislation would be sent to the Expediency Council - another conservative body that arbitrates between the Parliament and the Guardian Council - for a final decision.’
    • ‘In 1679 the Royal Society sent Halley to Danzig to arbitrate in a dispute between Hooke and Hevelius.’
    • ‘The result has been a huge number of cases, with resulting financial benefits for the four companies allowed to arbitrate in such disputes.’
    • ‘It further said the code of conduct ensured that an aggrieved party could go to the ombudsman who would arbitrate.’
    • ‘On his journey north to arbitrate in this dispute, Henry had a remarkable and memorable encounter.’
    • ‘Sometimes I am called upon to arbitrate in disputes between members and the House.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Who decides, who arbitrates, whether what was said or done was right?’
    • ‘Pending the establishment of judicial procedures to hear labor and administrative disputes, the regulation says the commission can arbitrate in such cases.’
    • ‘The Commission is empowered to arbitrate on the issues contained in the matter.’
    • ‘Well, we know that the Workplace Relations Act explicitly excludes ‘training’ as a matter upon which the commission may arbitrate.’
    • ‘It states that you do not arbitrate but, rather, the public does.’
    • ‘The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration has been called in to arbitrate on the dispute.’
    • ‘As he grew up, he became known for his truthfulness, generosity and sincerity, so that he was sought after for his ability to arbitrate in disputes.’
    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
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Mid 16th century: from Latin arbitrat- judged, from arbitrari, from arbiter judge, supreme ruler.