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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
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Examples from the web for negotiator
  • If the money is coming from the department, the chair might be a tough negotiator.
  • Kan reportedly was too busy to take calls, indicating his chief negotiator had full authority.
  • Therefore, a good negotiator works on changing perceptions.
  • There are, after all, shelves full of books offering advice about how to succeed as a negotiator.
  • Some of this criticism, of course, is posturing: no negotiator concedes the argument at the preliminary stage.
  • But as any good negotiator knows, you have to know where the other side is coming from in order to effect movement.
  • The first negotiator to mention aesthetic quality loses.
  • He had since earned a reputation as a patient negotiator with old-world civility.
  • The telecommunication is the first point of contact, and must fulfill the role of negotiator until one arrives.
  • His personal understanding of both management and labor made him a tough but fair negotiator, respected by all.
British Dictionary definitions for negotiator


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 negotiator

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.



"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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