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From French arbitrage < arbitrer (to arbitrate); see arbitrate.


countable and uncountable; arbitrages

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

  1. (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.

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arbitrage m. (plural arbitrages)

  1. arbitration (the act or process of arbitrating)
  2. (economics) trade-off

This French entry was created from the translations listed at arbitration. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see arbitrage in the French Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) November 2008

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