- to deal or bargain with another or others, as in the preparation of a treaty or contract or in preliminaries to a business deal.
- to arrange for or bring about by discussion and settlement of terms: to negotiate a loan.
- to manage; transact; conduct: He negotiated an important business deal.
- to move through, around, or over in a satisfactory manner: to negotiate a difficult dance step without tripping: to negotiate sharp curves.
- to transfer (a draft, promissory note, etc.) to a new owner by endorsement and delivery or by delivery.
Origin of negotiate
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Examples from the Web for negotiate
The Castros are the latest in a long line of despots he believed he could negotiate with.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
The cost to the insurance company is almost certainly lower, given its ability to negotiate prices down.My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare
November 24, 2014
As long as there are states willing to negotiate payments with groups like ISIS, there will be a financial incentive to kidnap.To Kill the ISIS Monster You Gotta Do More Than Cut Off Its Money
November 18, 2014
You negotiate, and until the deal is done, there is no movie.Adrian Grenier Talks the Economy, the ‘Entourage’ Movie, and the HBO Series’ Alleged ‘Misogyny’
October 28, 2014
On Tuesday evening, several university student leaders sat down to negotiate with the Hong Kong government.Chinese Tourists Are Taking Hong Kong Protest Selfies
October 23, 2014
We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it—now or ever.
Some had goods or possessions, of which they wished to negotiate the sale.The Intelligence Office (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Joel Barlow, the poet, was sent to Paris to negotiate the sale of the lands.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
In fact, the girl was evidently feeling a strain at having to negotiate with him at all.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
The Temple women have heard of her, and they sent a woman to negotiate.Lotus Buds
- to work or talk (with others) to achieve (a transaction, an agreement, etc)
- (tr) to succeed in passing through, around, or overto negotiate a mountain pass
- (tr) finance
- to transfer (a negotiable commercial paper) by endorsement to another in return for value received
- to sell (financial assets)
- to arrange for (a loan)
Word Origin and History for negotiate
"to communicate in search of mutual agreement," 1590s, back-formation from negotiation, or else from Latin negotiatus, past participle of negotiari. In the sense of "tackle successfully" (1862), it at first meant "to clear on horseback a hedge, fence, or other obstacle" and "originated in the hunting-field; those who hunt the fox like also to hunt jocular verbal novelties" [Gowers, 1965]. Related: Negotiated; negotiating.