- 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 (“to carry on business”), from negotium (“business”) (Eng. usg. 1599), from nec (“not”) + otium (“leisure, ease, inactivity”).