Definition of negotiate
: to confer with another so as to arrive at the settlement of some matter Teachers are negotiating for higher salaries.
1a : to deal with (some matter or affair that requires ability for its successful handling) : manage negotiated his business deals with remarkable skillb : to arrange for or bring about through conference, discussion, and compromise negotiate a treaty
negotiatorplay \ni-ˈgō-shē-ˌā-tər, ÷-sē-\ noun
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Examples of negotiate in a Sentence
The customer wanted to negotiate over the price.
She has good negotiating skills.
We negotiated a fair price.
The driver carefully negotiated the winding road.
Recent Examples of negotiate from the Web
This is a recognition that Europe legally has to negotiate as one entity, said Gary Hufbauer, a trade expert at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
The administration will offer more specific negotiating objectives in July.
Juncker said neither the U.S. nor China should be allowed to undermine the commission’s authority to negotiate on trade for the whole EU.
Donald Trump has consistently refused to recognize even the existence of the EU, vainly attempting to negotiate trade agreements with individual member nations, despite their treaty obligations to each other.
Vietnam would have been a prime beneficiary of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement negotiated under Obama.
As a candidate, Trump vowed to pull out of the accord, which was negotiated during the Obama administration, claiming the deal would be economically disadvantageous to the U.S.
The timing was also notable, coming just after Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner negotiated a $110 billion arms sale to the Saudis.
Malvo then negotiated a plea bargain in Spotsylvania County and agreed to a life sentence and waived his appeal rights.
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Did You Know?
For the first 250 years of its life, negotiate had meanings that hewed pretty closely to its Latin root, negotiari, meaning "to carry on business." Around the middle of the 19th century, though, it developed the meaning "to successfully travel along or over." Although this sense was criticized in the New York Sun in 1906 as a "barbarism creeping into the language," and Henry Fowler's 1926 A Dictionary of Modern English Usage declared that any writer who used it was "literally a barbarian," it has thrived and is now fully established.
Origin and Etymology 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: circa 1598
NEGOTIATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of negotiate for English Language Learners
: 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
NEGOTIATE Defined for Kids
Definition of negotiate for Students
1 : to have a discussion with another in order to settle something We are willing to negotiate with the enemy for peace.
2 : to arrange for by discussing I'm trying to negotiate a loan.
3 : to be successful in getting around, through, or over Keep your hands on the steering wheel to negotiate a turn.
Legal Definition of negotiate
: to confer with another so as to settle some matter
1 : to bring about through conference, discussion, and agreement or compromise negotiate a contract
2a : to transfer (as an instrument) to another by delivery or endorsement b : to convert into cash or the equivalent value negotiate a check
negotiation\ni-ˌgō-shē-ˈā-shən\ play noun
negotiator\ni-ˈgō-shē-ˌā-tər\ play noun
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