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arbitrate (verb) judge; mediate; settle a dispute.

To settle officially a dispute between two people or groups of people is to arbitrate. To arbitrate is to be given the power to make peace between two parties having grievances against each other. To bring about an accord officially between two parties, for example, between a management and workers' unions is to arbitrate. The disputes which the arbitrators are appointed to settle, may be trading rights, infringement of tax laws, claims for damages, etc..

  • A committee has been appointed to arbitrate over the dispute pending for a long time between the management and the workers' unions, and it is expected to give its award in three weeks.
  • A high court judge has been appointed to arbitrate in the dispute between the government and the shipping company over the payments to be made by the company for entering the territorial waters of the country.
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