verb ne·go·ti·ate \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


Full Definition of NEGOTIATE

intransitive verb
:  to confer with another so as to arrive at the settlement of some matter
transitive verb
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>
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>
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.


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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NEGOTIATING Defined for Kids


verb ne·go·ti·ate \ni-ˈgō-shē-ˌāt\

Definition of NEGOTIATE for Kids

:  to have a discussion with another in order to settle something <We are willing to negotiate with the enemy for peace.>
:  to arrange for by discussing <I'm trying to negotiate a loan.>
:  to be successful in getting around, through, or over <Keep your hands on the steering wheel to negotiate a turn.>
ne·go·ti·a·tor \-ˌā-tər\ noun


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