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
Unlike during the fall of Aleppo to the Assad regime earlier this year, no one has negotiated safe passage in the final stages of battle.
The wreck occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Monday in the 5200 block of S. Interstate 35W. Police reported the motorcycle took an exit ramp at an unsafe speed, failed to negotiate a curve, jumped a curb and wound up on a grass median.
Mr. Trump blamed President Barack Obama for the pact, even though the deal was first negotiated by President George W. Bush in 2007 and renegotiated by Mr. Obama, which is essentially what Mr. Trump is proposing to do.
As Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tries to negotiate his way to a health bill that can win at least 50 Republican votes, there is one woman in the Senate who could stop the bill cold.
The current Opposition will be unable to negotiate an election or dictate a street war of attrition without a clear and strict leadership mandate.
Perhaps Anderson can negotiate a path for a few women to make their way into the writers’ room next season.
But the balance of power within the extraordinarily large Saudi royal family has been negotiated out for a long period of time.
The Gaines helped negotiate a deal where the house would go to the Bells for free, with one big hitch—
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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.
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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