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Borrowing from French arbitrage, from arbitrer (to arbitrate); see arbitrate.


arbitrage (countable and uncountable, plural arbitrages)

  1. The practice of quickly buying and selling foreign currencies in different markets in order to make a profit
  2. The purchase of the stock of a future takeover target, with the expectation that the stock will be sold to the person executing the takeover at a higher price
  3. Any market activity in which a commodity is bought and then sold quickly, for a profit which substantially exceeds the transaction cost
    • a. 1973, Benjamin Graham, The Intelligent Investor[1], edition 2003 HarperCollins ed., page 174:
      But in recent years, for reasons we shall develop later, the field of "arbitrages and workouts" became riskier and less profitable.

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arbitrage (third-person singular simple present arbitrages, present participle arbitraging, simple past and past participle arbitraged)

  1. (intransitive, finance) To employ arbitrage
    • 1961, Maurece Schiller, Fortunes in Special Situations in the Stock Market[2], page iv:
      He has arbitraged by purchasing in one market and simultaneously selling the same or similar merchandise in another market.
  2. (transitive, finance) To engage in arbitrage in, between, or among
    • 2001, Frederic S. Mishkin, Prudential Supervision: What Works and what Doesn't, page 98:
      Indeed, as banks become more adept at internal risk classifications, their incentives to arbitrage economic and regulatory capital can only increase



Borrowing from French



arbitrage f (plural arbitrages)

  1. (sports) refereeing


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arbitrer +‎ -age


arbitrage m (plural arbitrages)

  1. arbitration (the act or process of arbitrating)
  2. arbitrage
  3. (economics) trade-off
  4. (sports) refereeing

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