- 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.
Origin: from Classical Latin negotiatus, past participle of negotiari, to carry on business from negotium, business from neg-, not (see negation) plush 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
- negotiator noun
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verb ne·go·ti·at·ed, ne·go·ti·at·ing, ne·go·ti·ates verb, intransitive
- To arrange or settle by discussion and mutual agreement: negotiate a contract.
- a. To transfer title to or ownership of (a promissory note, for example) to another party by delivery or by delivery and endorsement in return for value received.b. To sell or discount (assets or securities, for example).
- a. To succeed in going over or coping with: negotiate a sharp curve.b. To succeed in accomplishing or managing: negotiate a difficult musical passage.
Origin: Latin negōtiārī, negōtiāt-, to transact business, from negōtium, business : neg-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + ōtium, leisure.
- ne·goˈti·aˌtor noun
- ne·goˈtia·toˌry adjective