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From Latin arbitratus, past participle of arbitrari (“to be a witness, act as umpire”), from arbiter (“umpire”); see arbiter.
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arbitrate (third-person singular simple present arbitrates, present participle arbitrating, simple past and past participle arbitrated)
- To make a judgment (on a dispute) as an arbitrator or arbiter
- to arbitrate a disputed case
- 1595 December 9 (first known performance), William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene i]:
- There shall your swords and lances arbitrate / The swelling difference of your settled hate.
- To submit (a dispute) to such judgment
- (mathematics, rare) To assign an arbitrary value to, or otherwise determine arbitrarily.
- We wish to show f is continuous. Arbitrate epsilon greater than zero...
to make a judgment on
to submit to be judged
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- “arbitrate”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “arbitrate”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- inflection of arbitrare:
arbitrate f pl
- second-person singular voseo imperative of arbitrar combined with te
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