(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. settle peacefully, adjust differences, smooth out, reconcile, employ diplomacy, bring before a referee, hear both sides, act as arbiter, referee, parley, placate, bring to terms, decide between opposing parties, intervene, intercede, conciliate, step in, mediate, interpose, negotiate, come between, submit to arbitration, straighten out, meet halfway, come to terms, make an adjustment, pour oil on troubled waters*; see also decide .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v.
to decide or settle.
An authority will be brought in to arbitrate the dispute.
SYN.: decide, settle, mediate, reconcile, negotiate, judge, moderate, adjudicate, referee, umpire.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To make a decision about (a controversy or dispute, for example) after deliberation, as in a court of law: adjudge, adjudicate, decide, decree, determine, judge, referee, rule, umpire. See DECIDE, LAW.

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  • arbitrate — (v.) 1580s (arbitrable is recorded from 1530s), to give an authoritative decision, from L. arbitratus, pp. of arbitrari be of an opinion, give a decision, from arbiter (see ARBITER (Cf. arbiter)). Meaning to act as an arbitrator is from 1610s.… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • arbitrate — [v] achieve settlement adjudge, adjudicate, adjust, bring to terms, come to school, come to terms, conciliate, decide, determine, hammer out a deal*, interpose, intervene, judge, make a deal, mediate, meet halfway, negotiate, parley, pass… …   New thesaurus

  • arbitrate — ► VERB ▪ act as an arbitrator to settle a dispute. ORIGIN Latin arbitrari, from arbiter judge, supreme ruler …   English terms dictionary

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  • arbitrate — ar|bi|trate [ˈa:bıtreıt US ˈa:r ] v [I and T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of arbitrari, from arbiter; ARBITER] to officially judge how an argument between two opposing sides should be settled arbitrate between ▪ A… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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