negotiate

[ni-goh-shee-eyt]
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verb (used without object), ne·go·ti·at·ed, ne·go·ti·at·ing.
  1. to deal or bargain with another or others, as in the preparation of a treaty or contract or in preliminaries to a business deal.
verb (used with object), ne·go·ti·at·ed, ne·go·ti·at·ing.
  1. to arrange for or bring about by discussion and settlement of terms: to negotiate a loan.
  2. to manage; transact; conduct: He negotiated an important business deal.
  3. to move through, around, or over in a satisfactory manner: to negotiate a difficult dance step without tripping: to negotiate sharp curves.
  4. to transfer (a draft, promissory note, etc.) to a new owner by endorsement and delivery or by delivery.

Origin of negotiate

1590–1600; < Latin negōtiātus (past participle of negōtiārī to trade), equivalent to negōti(um) business (neg- not + ōtium leisure) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsne·go·ti·a·tor, nounpre·ne·go·ti·ate, verb, pre·ne·go·ti·at·ed, pre·ne·go·ti·at·ing.un·ne·go·ti·at·ed, adjectivewell-ne·go·ti·at·ed, adjective

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5. convey, transmit, sign over.
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negotiate

verb
  1. to work or talk (with others) to achieve (a transaction, an agreement, etc)
  2. (tr) to succeed in passing through, around, or overto negotiate a mountain pass
  3. (tr) finance
    1. to transfer (a negotiable commercial paper) by endorsement to another in return for value received
    2. to sell (financial assets)
    3. to arrange for (a loan)
Derived Formsnegotiator, noun

Word Origin for negotiate

C16: from Latin negōtiārī to do business, from negōtium business, from nec not + ōtium leisure
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Word Origin and History for negotiator
n.

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.

negotiate

v.

"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.

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