Definition of negotiate
: to confer with another so as to arrive at the settlement of some matter
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>
negotiatorplay \-ˌā-tər\ noun
negotiatoryplay \-sh(ē-)ə-ˌtȯr-ē, ÷-sē-\ adjective
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.
Did You Know?
For the first 250 years of its life, "negotiate" had meanings that hewed pretty close 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 Fowler's 1926 A Dictionary of Modern English Usage declared that any writer who used it was "literally a barbarian," it has thrived. The Harper Dictionary of Contemporary Usage claimed in both its 1975 and 1985 editions that it is "considered inappropriate in formal speech and writing," but our evidence does not show that there is anything particularly informal about its use.
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: 1599
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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