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 The deal, which district records obtained under the Public Records Act show was first pitched by Premier in early 2018, took about eight months to negotiate. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2022 Baristas at a West Hartford Starbucks will soon begin voting on whether to be represented by a union, joining co-workers in scores of other stores in the coffee shop chain taking the first step to negotiate wages and other conditions of employment. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 13 May 2022 The tweet could generate a negative reaction from Wall Street, which could view it as either a way for Musk to get out of buying Twitter or look to negotiate for a lower price, said Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 13 May 2022 Add in different personalities, energy levels, ages and attention spans, and there’s suddenly a raft of things to negotiate, all in the name of the common goal that everyone have fun. Rachel Walker, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Voyles was driving north when his 2000 Jeep Wrangler failed to negotiate a curve and went onto the gravel shoulder. Clifford Ward, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2022 Breaking up the old imperial producers helped to open up space for commodity traders to negotiate transactions at each point along the supply chain. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 12 May 2022 The 22-year-old will be able to negotiate deals with other teams, but Orlando would have the right to match any offer. Orlando Sentinel, 10 May 2022 Sri Lanka has exhausted its foreign currency reserves and urgently needs to negotiate a bailout with the International Monetary Fund and foreign creditors to import fuel, food and medicine, which are all in short supply on the island. Hafeel Farisz, Niha Masih And Gerry Shih, Anchorage Daily News, 10 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 24 May. 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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