negotiate


ne·go·ti·ate

verb \ni-ˈgō-shē-ˌāt, ÷-sē-\

: to discuss something formally in order to make an agreement

: to agree on (something) by formally discussing it

: to get over, through, or around (something) successfully

ne·go·ti·at·edne·go·ti·at·ing

Full Definition of NEGOTIATE

intransitive verb
:  to confer with another so as to arrive at the settlement of some matter
transitive verb
1
a :  to deal with (some matter or affair that requires ability for its successful handling) :  manage
b :  to arrange for or bring about through conference, discussion, and compromise <negotiate a treaty>
2
a :  to transfer (as a bill of exchange) to another by delivery or endorsement
b :  to convert into cash or the equivalent value <negotiate a check>
3
a :  to successfully travel along or over <negotiate a turn>
b :  complete, accomplish <negotiate the trip in two hours>
ne·go·ti·a·tor \-ˌā-tər\ noun
ne·go·ti·a·to·ry \-sh(ē-)ə-ˌtr-ē, ÷-sē-\ adjective

Examples of NEGOTIATE

  1. The customer wanted to negotiate over the price.
  2. She has good negotiating skills.
  3. We negotiated a fair price.
  4. The driver carefully negotiated the winding road.

Origin of NEGOTIATE

Latin negotiatus, past participle of negotiari to carry on business, from negotium business, from neg- not + otium leisure — more at negate
First Known Use: 1599

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