re·​ne·​go·​ti·​ate | \ ˌrē-ni-ˈgō-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce renegotiate (audio) \
renegotiated; renegotiating; renegotiates

Definition of renegotiate

transitive verb

: to negotiate again (as to adjust interest rates or repayments or to get more money) renegotiate a loan renegotiate a contract

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Other Words from renegotiate

renegotiation \ ˌrē-​ni-​ˌgō-​shē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce renegotiation (audio) , -​sē-​ˈā-​ \ noun

Examples of renegotiate in a Sentence

The deal is done. I won't renegotiate.

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Some lawmakers have wanted to renegotiate a compact, which was projected to bring in about $350 million a year. Gray Rohrer,, "Warnings of economic slowdown, future shortfalls don’t faze Florida lawmakers," 12 Sep. 2019 If buyers don’t have additional cash resources and the property does not appraise for the asking price, the deal might need to be renegotiated or canceled, Koss said. Real Estate, "Sellers dismiss loan programs that aid veterans and first-time home buyers," 11 Sep. 2019 In the case of an economic downturn or space that doesn't work for them, renegotiating a lease may not be an option. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "WeWork Is Only Making its Image Problems Worse by Trying to Control the Narrative, Say Critics," 6 Sep. 2019 And that’s one more item on the list for the buyer to renegotiate the sale price. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: A look at Lightfoot’s first 100 days, tens of thousands of Cook County pot convictions will be automatically expunged and other things to know to start your day," 28 Aug. 2019 The fiasco has underlined the importance of renegotiating the dam’s governing treaty, which expires in 2023. The Economist, "A secret hydropower deal with Brazil causes a political crisis in Paraguay," 22 Aug. 2019 That bet apparently does not include a deal with DirecTV — at least not before the conference renegotiates its full complement of football and men’s basketball rights, which expire in the spring of 2024. Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "Pac-12 media strategy: Moving on from DirecTV, passing on ESPN’s offer and making a “different bet”," 21 Aug. 2019 There are also those who are deeply opposed to renegotiating the arrangement. Yohannes Gedamu, Quartz Africa, "The underlying tension behind Ethiopia’s flawed federal system and its risks," 26 June 2019 Matthew Kohan, a Budweiser spokesman, said the company did not plan to renegotiate its contract with U.S. Soccer soon; its deal expires in a few years. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "Pushed by Consumers, Some Sponsors Join Soccer’s Fight Over Equal Pay," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of renegotiate

1787, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of renegotiate

: to discuss again the details of a formal agreement especially in order to change them : to negotiate (something) again


transitive verb
re·​ne·​go·​ti·​ate | \ ˌrē-ni-ˈgō-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce renegotiate (audio) \

Legal Definition of renegotiate

: to negotiate again (as for more money or to adjust interest rates or repayments) specifically : to determine under statutory procedure the existence and amount of excess profits on (a government contract) in order to eliminate or obtain a refund of such profits

intransitive verb

: to negotiate again specifically : to adjust a government project price in order to eliminate or recover excessive profits

Other Words from renegotiate

renegotiation \ -​ni-​ˌgō-​shē-​ˈā-​shən, -​ˌgō-​sē-​ How to pronounce renegotiation (audio) \ noun

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