If your two best friends are fighting over the last piece of gum in the pack, you might arbitrate by telling them to split the last piece. Arbitrate is when a neutral third party helps end a conflict.

Arbitrate derives from the Latin arbiter "judge." (An arbiter of taste is a good judge of taste.) When you arbitrate, you are doing what a judge does in a court of law. In the US, to avoid litigation, many choose non-binding arbitration—where a neutral third party suggests a settlement.

Definitions of arbitrate
  1. verb
    act between parties with a view to reconciling differences
    synonyms: intercede, intermediate, liaise, mediate
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    type of:
    negociate, negotiate, talk terms
    discuss the terms of an arrangement
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