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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 of negotiate
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 negotiator
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  • It seemed, indeed, the very irony of fate that Ellice should be a negotiator for peace.

  • Rhodes offered his own services as negotiator, and they were accepted.

    Victorian Worthies George Henry Blore
  • The secret agent who had passed as a negotiator for the drums of jeopardy had disappeared.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • You need a negotiator who has a wide conscience and an eloquent tongue!

    The Daughter of an Empress Louise Muhlbach
  • No one can suppose that Honeyman laid a complete statement of his affairs before the negotiator who was charged to look into them.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for negotiator

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 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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