Meaning of arbitrate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɑːbɪtreɪt/

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  • (of an independent person or body) reach an authoritative judgement or settlement.

    ‘the board has the power to arbitrate in disputes’
    • ‘the insurance ombudsman arbitrates insurance matters’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The court was given extensive powers to prevent strikes, arbitrate and enforce settlement of industrial disputes.’
    • ‘Firstly he legislated to restrict the Commission's power to arbitrate and, in doing so, its capacity to conciliate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Who decides, who arbitrates, whether what was said or done was right?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sometimes I am called upon to arbitrate in disputes between members and the House.’
    • ‘Well, we know that the Workplace Relations Act explicitly excludes ‘training’ as a matter upon which the commission may arbitrate.’
    • ‘Pending the establishment of judicial procedures to hear labor and administrative disputes, the regulation says the commission can arbitrate in such cases.’
    • ‘It further said the code of conduct ensured that an aggrieved party could go to the ombudsman who would arbitrate.’
    • ‘The Commission is empowered to arbitrate on the issues contained in the matter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On his journey north to arbitrate in this dispute, Henry had a remarkable and memorable encounter.’
    • ‘The result has been a huge number of cases, with resulting financial benefits for the four companies allowed to arbitrate in such disputes.’
    • ‘In 1679 the Royal Society sent Halley to Danzig to arbitrate in a dispute between Hooke and Hevelius.’
    • ‘Senior monks serve as guidance counsellors, and advise and arbitrate in local disputes.’
    adjudicate, judge, adjudge, referee, umpire, sit in judgement, pass judgement, pronounce judgement, give a verdict, make a ruling
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Mid 16th century from Latin arbitrat- ‘judged’, from arbitrari, from arbiter ‘judge, supreme ruler’.