Negotiate meaning

nĭ-gō'shē-āt'
To arrange or settle by discussion and mutual agreement.

Negotiate a contract.

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To make arrangements for, settle, or conclude (a business transaction, treaty, etc.)
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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 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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(intransitive) To confer with others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement.
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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, bargain, or discuss with a view to reaching agreement.
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To transfer, assign, or sell (negotiable paper)
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To succeed in crossing, surmounting, moving through, etc.

To negotiate the river rapids.

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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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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