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.

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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    Rank popularity for the word 'negotiate' in Verbs Frequency: #549

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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. Rudy Giuliani:

    I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the president and for Bob Mueller.

  2. Shwe Mann:

    Time will tell, for the benefit of the nation, I will negotiate or cooperate with any person or party.

  3. Annie Pforzheimer:

    I believe this announcement negatively impacts the human rights of women, minorities and young people by making the Taliban less likely to negotiate with the government and those who support the constitution, and more likely to attempt a forceful takeover once international troops have departed.

  4. Khun Tharo:

    The outcome will pave the way for the union to negotiate for other remaining demands.

  5. Roger Murry:

    We're hopeful that the Houston events can be bolstered by some real progress on the trade front that shows the U.S. and India can negotiate some reasonable solutions.

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