- 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 negotiating
She did, however, defend the policy of not negotiating with ISIS.Foley Family to White House: You Saved Bergdahl. Why Not Our Son?
October 24, 2014
Reagan learned this in the midst of negotiating historic arms-reduction treaties with the Soviets at the height of the Cold War.It’s Time to Nail the Iran Nuke Deal
Rep. Rush Holt, Kate Gould
October 15, 2014
Because the federal government has become so ubiquitous and voracious, there seems to be no negotiating with its size and scope.America’s Slumbering Secession Obsession
September 23, 2014
A U.S. diplomat once spoke with bitterness of the breadth of his power when negotiating with an uncooperative dictator.This Is Obama’s U.N. Plan to Choke Off ISIS’s Recruits
September 22, 2014
Godane rejects the idea of Al-Shabab negotiating with the Somali federal government, an “apostate government” he dubs it.Ahmed Abdi Godane Is Al-Shabab's Osama bin Laden
September 5, 2014
They're negotiating now with the Rothschilds to limit the output of the Rio Tinto mines.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
A general fight began even while the two chiefs were negotiating.Peter the Hermit
Daniel A. Goodsell
He also succeeded in negotiating a treaty of amity and commerce.Hidden Treasures
Harry A. Lewis
It was said indeed that the Duke was negotiating with Burgundy for its surrender.History of the English People, Volume III (of 8)
John Richard Green
Suppose A and B are negotiating for the sale and purchase of a piece of land.Up To Date Business
- 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 negotiating
"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.