from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To judge or decide in or as in the manner of an arbitrator.
  • intransitive verb To submit to settlement or judgment by arbitration.
  • intransitive verb To serve as an arbitrator or arbiter.
  • intransitive verb To submit a dispute to arbitration.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To act as an arbitrator, or formal umpire between contestants; mediate.
  • To decide; determine; settle a question or rule otherwise indeterminate.
  • To give an authoritative decision in regard to as arbitrator; decide or determine.
  • To submit to arbitration; settle by arbitration: as, to arbitrate a dispute regarding wages.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To hear and decide, as arbitrators.
  • transitive verb To decide, or determine generally.
  • intransitive verb To decide; to determine.
  • intransitive verb To act as arbitrator or judge

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To make a judgment (on a dispute) as an arbitrator or arbiter
  • verb To submit (a dispute) to such judgment
  • verb mathematics (rare) To assign an object an arbitrary value, or otherwise arbitrarily determine it

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb act between parties with a view to reconciling differences


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin arbitrārī, arbitrāt-, to give judgment, from arbiter, arbitr-, arbiter; see arbiter.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin arbitratus, past participle of arbitrari ("to be a witness, act as umpire"), from arbiter ("umpire"); see arbiter.


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