Negotiate definition

nĭ-gōshē-āt
To arrange or settle by discussion and mutual agreement.

Negotiate a contract.

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(intransitive) To confer with others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement.
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To arrange or settle something by mutual agreement.

We negotiated the contract to everyone's satisfaction.

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To make arrangements for, settle, or conclude (a business transaction, treaty, etc.)
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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.

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To confer with another or others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement.
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To transfer (an instrument, such as a promissory note) to another party by means of endorsement.
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To succeed in going over or through.

Negotiate a sharp curve.

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To confer, bargain, or discuss with a view to reaching agreement.
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To succeed in crossing, surmounting, moving through, etc.

To negotiate the river rapids.

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To succeed in accomplishing or managing.

Negotiate a difficult musical passage.

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To transfer, assign, or sell (negotiable paper)
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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.

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Origin of negotiate

  • Latin negōtiārī negōtiāt- to transact business from negōtium business neg- not ne in Indo-European roots ōtium leisure

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin negotiatus, past participle of negotiari (“to carry on business"), from negotium (“business") (Eng. usg. 1599), from nec (“not") + otium (“leisure, ease, inactivity").

    From Wiktionary