What does negotiate mean?

Definitions for negotiate
nɪˈgoʊ ʃiˌeɪtne·go·ti·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. negociate, negotiate, talk termsverb

    discuss the terms of an arrangement

    "They negotiated the sale of the house"

  2. negotiate, negociateverb

    succeed in passing through, around, or over

    "The hiker negociated the high mountain pass"


  1. negotiateverb

    To confer with others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement.

    1963: "You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue." uE000149957uE001Martin Luther King, Jr., to the eight fellow clergymen who opposed the civil rights action, "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait

  2. negotiateverb

    To arrange or settle something by mutual agreement.

    We negotiated the contract to everyone's satisfaction.

  3. negotiateverb

    To succeed in coping with, or getting over something.

  4. Etymology: From Latin negotiatus, past participle of negotiari, from negotium (Eng. usg. 1599), from nec + otium.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Negotiateverb

    To have intercourse of business; to traffick; to treat.

    Etymology: negocier, French; from negotium, Latin.

    Have you any commission from your lord to negotiate with my face? William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    She was a busy negotiating woman, and in her withdrawing chamber had the fortunate conspiracy for the king against king Richard been hatched. Francis Bacon, Hen. VII.

    It is a common error in negotiating; whereas men have many reasons to persuade, they strive to use them all at once, which weakeneth them. Francis Bacon.

    A steward to embezzle those goods he undertakes to manage; an embassador to betray his prince for whom he should negotiate; are crimes that double their malignity from the quality of the actors. Decay of Piety.

    I can discover none of these frequent intercourses and negotiations, unless that Luther negotiated with a black boar. Francis Atterbury.


  1. negotiate

    Negotiation is a dialogue between two or more people or parties to reach the desired outcome regarding one or more issues of conflict. It is an interaction between entities who aspire to agree on matters of mutual interest. The agreement can be beneficial for all or some of the parties involved. The negotiators should establish their own needs and wants while also seeking to understand the wants and needs of others involved to increase their chances of closing deals, avoiding conflicts, forming relationships with other parties, or maximizing mutual gains.The goal of negotiation is to resolve points of difference, gain an advantage for an individual or collective, or craft outcomes to satisfy various interests. Distributive negotiations, or compromises, are conducted by putting forward a position and making concessions to achieve an agreement. The degree to which the negotiating parties trust each other to implement the negotiated solution is a major factor in determining the success of a negotiation. People negotiate daily, often without considering it a negotiation. Negotiations may occur in organizations, including businesses, non-profits, and governments, as well as in sales and legal proceedings, and personal situations such as marriage, divorce, parenting, friendship, etc. Professional negotiators are often specialized. Examples of professional negotiators include union negotiators, leverage buyout negotiators, peace negotiators, and hostage negotiators. They may also work under other titles, such as diplomats, legislators, or brokers. Negotiations may also be conducted by algorithms or machines in what is known as automated negotiation. In automated negotiation, the participants and process have to be modeled correctly.


  1. negotiate

    Negotiate generally refers to the process of discussing something with the intention of reaching an agreement or compromise. It often involves bargaining or debating terms and conditions, and may occur in various contexts such as business transactions, diplomatic discussions, or personal relationships. The goal of negotiation is typically to find mutual understanding or a solution that satisfies all parties involved.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Negotiateverb

    to transact business; to carry on trade

  2. Negotiateverb

    to treat with another respecting purchase and sale or some business affair; to bargain or trade; as, to negotiate with a man for the purchase of goods or a farm

  3. Negotiateverb

    to hold intercourse respecting a treaty, league, or convention; to treat with, respecting peace or commerce; to conduct communications or conferences

  4. Negotiateverb

    to intrigue; to scheme

  5. Negotiateverb

    to carry on negotiations concerning; to procure or arrange for by negotiation; as, to negotiate peace, or an exchange

  6. Negotiateverb

    to transfer for a valuable consideration under rules of commercial law; to sell; to pass

  7. Etymology: [L. negotiatus, p. p. of negotiari, fr. negotium business; nec not + otium leisure. Cf. Neglect.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Negotiate

    ne-gō′shi-āt, v.i. to carry on business: to bargain: to hold intercourse for the purpose of mutual arrangement.—v.t. to arrange for by agreement: to manage: to transfer to another with all the rights of the original holder: to pass, as a bill: to sell.—ns. Negotiā′tion, act of negotiating: the treating with another on business; Negō′tiator; Negō′tiatrix.—adj. Negotiā′tory, of or pertaining to negotiation. [L. negotiāri, -ātusnegotium, business—nec, not, otium, leisure.]

Editors Contribution

  1. negotiate

    To discuss respectfully and responsibly to create agreement using a sense of justness, fairness, integrity, ethics and morality.

    They do negotiate to ensure they have agreement for the optimum health and shared prosperity of everyone involved.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 29, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of negotiate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of negotiate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of negotiate in a Sentence

  1. Ori Hershkowitz:

    Merck couldn't have a better infrastructure than Cubist to launch its drug, they know how to negotiate the healthcare system.

  2. Donald Trump:

    The smartest one gets to the top, that didn't work so well recently in our country. But they ask me,' Is Putin smart ?' Yes, Russian President Vladimir Putin was smart. And I actually thought Russian President Vladimir Putin was going to be negotiating. I said,' That's a hell of a way to negotiate, put 200,000 soldiers on the border.'.

  3. David Schwebel:

    It’s very hard for the brain to handle multiple tasks at the same time, and walking through the obstacle course in this study required people to negotiate things like steps that require some cognitive complexity to complete while they were also distracted by texting.

  4. Myron Brilliant:

    You will see minimal investment going to the UK in the short term, (then) a watchful period to see how Britain and Europe negotiate the exit.

  5. Zen Yaworsky:

    All of us had to learn how to manage the supply chain, how to manage third-party logistics providers, how to manage freight, how to manage working capital on a much earlier purchase than previously, m&S now have to develop negotiation capability to go into a factory and negotiate from a position of intelligence.

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