negotiate

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verb ne·go·ti·ate \ni-ˈgō-shē-ˌāt, ÷-sē-\

Definition of negotiate

negotiated

;

negotiating

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

  3. transitive verb
  4. 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

  5. 2a :  to transfer (something, such as a bill of exchange) to another by delivery or endorsement (see endorse 1d)b :  to convert into cash or the equivalent value negotiate a check

  6. 3a :  to successfully travel along or over negotiate a turnb :  complete, accomplish negotiate the trip in two hours

negotiator

play \ni-ˈgō-shē-ˌā-tər, ÷-sē-\ noun

negotiatory

play play \ni-ˈgō-sh(ē-)ə-ˌtȯr-ē, ÷-sē-\ adjective

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Examples of negotiate in a sentence

  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.

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

negotiate

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verb ne·go·ti·ate \ni-ˈgō-shē-ˌāt, ÷-sē-\

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

negotiate

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verb ne·go·ti·ate \ni-ˈgō-shē-ˌāt\

Definition of negotiate for Students

negotiated

;

negotiating

  1. 1 :  to have a discussion with another in order to settle something We are willing to negotiate with the enemy for peace.

  2. 2 :  to arrange for by discussing I'm trying to negotiate a loan.

  3. 3 :  to be successful in getting around, through, or over Keep your hands on the steering wheel to negotiate a turn.

negotiator

\-ˌā-tər\ noun

Law Dictionary

negotiate

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verb ne·go·ti·ate \ni-ˈgō-shē-ˌāt\

Legal Definition of negotiate

negotiated

negotiating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to confer with another so as to settle some matter

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to bring about through conference, discussion, and agreement or compromise negotiate a contract

  5. 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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