negotiate

verb
ne·​go·​ti·​ate | \ ni-ˈgō-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce negotiate (audio) , nonstandard -sē- How to pronounce negotiate (audio) \
negotiated; negotiating

Definition of negotiate

intransitive verb

: to confer with another so as to arrive at the settlement of some matter Teachers are negotiating for higher salaries.

transitive verb

1a : to deal with (some matter or affair that requires ability for its successful handling) : manage negotiated his business deals with remarkable skill
b : to arrange for or bring about through conference, discussion, and compromise negotiate a treaty
2a : to transfer (something, such as a bill of exchange) to another by delivery or endorsement (see endorse sense 1d)
b : to convert into cash or the equivalent value negotiate a check
3a : to successfully travel along or over negotiate a turn
b : complete, accomplish negotiate the trip in two hours

Other Words from negotiate

negotiator \ ni-​ˈgō-​shē-​ˌā-​tər How to pronounce negotiate (audio) , nonstandard  -​sē-​ \ noun
negotiatory \ ni-​ˈgō-​sh(ē-​)ə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce negotiate (audio) , nonstandard  -​sē-​ How to pronounce negotiate (audio) \ adjective

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The Controversial History of Negotiate

Negotiate comes from Latin negōtiārī, meaning "to carry on business," and the word shares that meaning. In English, it can also mean "to successfully travel along or over."

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 on the Web There is no limit on the amount of money or vouchers the airline can offer you, and passengers are free to negotiate. Amanda Maile, ABC News, 29 June 2022 For decades, successive Egyptian rulers have tried to move the houseboats, but the owners were able to negotiate with the authorities. New York Times, 29 June 2022 Barbara Moss and her husband are always having to negotiate a time to leave for the airport. Sara Edwards, USA TODAY, 29 June 2022 The Broncos initially recruited him for the cornerback position but Briscoe managed to negotiate being considered for quarterback. Shafiq Najib, PEOPLE.com, 28 June 2022 Free agents are able to negotiate contracts during the NBA's annual player movement moratorium beginning July 1, which is when contracts can't be signed and trades can't be made official. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 28 June 2022 In countries like the U.S. or the U.K., no such protections have yet to be approved on a national level, and employees have to negotiate the terms of remote work with their employer. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 23 June 2022 To lure non-sporting events, BSE Global needs to negotiate favorable terms with promoters, leaving little room for profit. Jabari Young, Forbes, 18 June 2022 The acquisition comes shortly after the announcement that Landmark will close its popular Pico street location, due to being unable to negotiate the terms of its tenancy with its realtor. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 26 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of negotiate

circa 1598, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for negotiate

borrowed from Latin negōtiātus, past participle of negōtiārī "to do business, trade, deal," derivative of negōtium "work, business, difficulty, annoyance," from nec "not" + ōtium "free time, leisure, tranquility," of obscure origin — more at neglect entry 1

Note: The sense "to confer in order to arrive at a settlement" is probably based on Middle French negocier or Italian negoziare, which had developed this sense, not belonging to the Latin source, by the mid-16th century.

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“Negotiate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/negotiate. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for negotiate

negotiate

verb
ne·​go·​ti·​ate | \ ni-ˈgō-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce negotiate (audio) \
negotiated; negotiating

Kids Definition of negotiate

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.

Other Words from negotiate

negotiator \ -​ˌā-​tər \ noun

negotiate

verb
ne·​go·​ti·​ate | \ ni-ˈgō-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce negotiate (audio) \
negotiated; negotiating

Legal Definition of negotiate

intransitive verb

: to confer with another so as to settle some matter

transitive verb

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

Other Words from negotiate

negotiation \ ni-​ˌgō-​shē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce negotiate (audio) \ noun
negotiator \ ni-​ˈgō-​shē-​ˌā-​tər How to pronounce negotiate (audio) \ noun

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