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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 negotiating
  • The rational mind venturing there finds itself puzzled and inefficient in negotiating its environment.
  • But cars negotiating the intersection must circle the stupa counterclockwise.
  • Health care has been a disaster, basically compromising before even negotiating.
  • We're getting more efficient at the negotiating process.
  • These big-headroom people tend to be predators: their jobs have them negotiating and competing all day.
  • For one, the parties have exposed their positions to the point where they lack negotiating space.
  • It depends entirely on what the policies are of the school at which you are negotiating.
  • Typically, there is no negotiating if pay schedules and/or collective bargaining exist at the school in question.
  • If you aren't reading this, we're still negotiating.
  • If it is a verbal offer, start negotiating the details, and tell them to send along the written offer.
British Dictionary definitions for negotiating

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 negotiating

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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