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negotiate

[ni-goh-shee-eyt] /nɪˈgoʊ ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used without object), negotiated, negotiating.
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), negotiated, negotiating.
2.
to arrange for or bring about by discussion and settlement of terms:
to negotiate a loan.
3.
to manage; transact; conduct:
He negotiated an important business deal.
4.
to move through, around, or over in a satisfactory manner:
to negotiate a difficult dance step without tripping: to negotiate sharp curves.
5.
to transfer (a draft, promissory note, etc.) to a new owner by endorsement and delivery or by delivery.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin negōtiātus (past participle of negōtiārī to trade), equivalent to negōti(um) business (neg- not + ōtium leisure) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
negotiator, noun
prenegotiate, verb, prenegotiated, prenegotiating.
unnegotiated, adjective
well-negotiated, adjective
Synonyms
5. convey, transmit, sign over.
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Examples from the web for negotiate
  • Let us never negotiate out of fear.
  • We learned how to read our radar images and meticulously negotiate the hills.
  • The next step is to negotiate a contract, which may take months.
  • We should be prepared to negotiate on some of these nine points separately.
  • They won't negotiate with you regarding salary at an initial interview.
  • But she said she had to negotiate and get everything in writing.
  • Stay calm so that you can see if you can negotiate a settlement.
  • Following the court's decision, union leaders immediately went to the bargaining table to negotiate with the publishing industry.
  • Some schools negotiate licensing agreements with software companies.
  • There's always room to negotiate.
British Dictionary definitions for negotiate

negotiate

/nɪˈɡəʊʃɪˌeɪt/
verb
1.
to work or talk (with others) to achieve (a transaction, an agreement, etc)
2.
(transitive) to succeed in passing through, around, or over: to negotiate a mountain pass
3.
(transitive) (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 Forms
negotiator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin negōtiārī to do business, from negōtium business, from nec not + ōtium leisure
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Word Origin and History for 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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