- 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 negotiator
But they depended on Bell as an expert and a negotiator, fluent in Arabic and used to the schisms and vendettas of the region.Gertrude of Arabia, the Woman Who Invented Iraq
June 17, 2014
The negotiator added that she told him she “liked to watch them squirm around after they had been shot.”The First Modern School Shooter Feels Responsible for the Rest
May 30, 2014
We need look no further than Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) himself, the chief GOP negotiator on this deal.The Budget Deal: The $45 Billion Question
December 11, 2013
The chief Iranian negotiator, Saeed Jalili, then characterized uranium enrichment as an “irrefutable” right.Where Does Geneva Leave Us?
October 22, 2013
He says the negotiator was sent to Qatar without clear instructions, and his communications to Quetta effectively went unanswered.Afghanistan: Will the Taliban Destroy Itself?
December 17, 2012
What sort of a negotiator can he make who is too late at a minister's dinner?Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Rhodes offered his own services as negotiator, and they were accepted.Victorian Worthies
George Henry Blore
Tergiversations were discovered on the part of the British negotiator.
He had long been preeminently distinguished as a negotiator.
In the talents of a negotiator, on the other hand, he has never been surpassed.
- 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 negotiator
1590s, "businessman," from Latin negotiator "one who carries on business by wholesale," from negotiatus, past participle of negotiari (see negotiation). Meaning "one who carries on negotiations" is from c.1600.
"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.