verb (used without object), ne·go·ti·at·ed, ne·go·ti·at·ing.
verb (used with object), ne·go·ti·at·ed, ne·go·ti·at·ing.
Origin of negotiate
Synonyms for negotiate
- 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 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.