negotiate[ni gō′s̸hē āt′, -sē-]
- To negotiate is defined as to bargain or discuss both sides of an issue until an agreement is reached.
- An example of to negotiate is haggling over an item's price at Bangkok's Weekend Market.
- An example of to negotiate is a divorcing couple reaching an agreement about the splitting of their assets.
intransitive verbnegotiated, negotiating
Origin of negotiate; from Classical Latin negotiatus, past participle of negotiari, to carry on business ; from negotium, business ; from neg-, not (see negation) + otium, ease
- to make arrangements for, settle, or conclude (a business transaction, treaty, etc.)
- to transfer, assign, or sell (negotiable paper)
- to succeed in crossing, surmounting, moving through, etc.: to negotiate a deep river
verbne·go·ti·at·ed, ne·go·ti·at·ing, ne·go·ti·ates
- To arrange or settle by discussion and mutual agreement: negotiate a contract.
- To transfer (an instrument, such as a promissory note) to another party by means of endorsement.
- a. To succeed in going over or through: negotiate a sharp curve.b. To succeed in accomplishing or managing: negotiate a difficult musical passage.
Origin of negotiateLatin negōtiārī, negōtiāt-, to transact business, from negōtium, business : neg-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + ōtium, leisure.
(third-person singular simple present negotiates, present participle negotiating, simple past and past participle negotiated)
- (intransitive) To confer with others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement.
- To arrange or settle something by mutual agreement.
- We negotiated the contract to everyone's satisfaction.
- To succeed in coping with, or getting over something.
- We negotiated the mountain track with difficulty.
- Although the car was quite rickety, he could negotiate the curves very well.
From Latin negotiatus, past participle of negotiari (â€œto carry on businessâ€), from negotium (â€œbusinessâ€) (Eng. usg. 1599), from nec (â€œnotâ€) + otium (â€œleisure, ease, inactivityâ€).