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[ni-goh-shee-eyt] /nɪˈgoʊ ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used without object), negotiated, negotiating.
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.
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
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
5. convey, transmit, sign over. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for negotiating
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  • The active lads found little trouble in negotiating the descent leading down to level ground.

    Boy Scouts on a Long Hike Archibald Lee Fletcher
  • They're negotiating now with the Rothschilds to limit the output of the Rio Tinto mines.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • You will see by the bulletin that I have concluded a suspension of arms, and that we are negotiating peace.

    Napoleon's Letters to Josephine Henry Foljambe Hall
  • He also succeeded in negotiating a treaty of amity and commerce.

    Hidden Treasures Harry A. Lewis
  • The armistice, a military affair, was properly his concern, but negotiating a treaty was diplomatic business.

British Dictionary definitions for negotiating


to work or talk (with others) to achieve (a transaction, an agreement, etc)
(transitive) to succeed in passing through, around, or over: to negotiate a mountain pass
(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



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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