negotiate


negotiate
negotiate (v.) "to communicate in search of mutual agreement," 1590s, back-formation from NEGOTIATION (Cf. negotiation), or else from L. negotiatus, pp. 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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  • negotiate — ne‧go‧ti‧ate [nɪˈgəʊʆieɪt ǁ ˈgoʊ ] verb 1. [intransitive, transitive] to discuss something in order to reach an agreement: • Union leaders have negotiated an agreement for a shorter working week. • They negotiated a new contract with the sellers …   Financial and business terms

  • negotiate — ne·go·ti·ate /ni gō shē ˌāt/ vb at·ed, at·ing vi: to confer with another so as to settle some matter vt 1: to bring about through conference, discussion, and agreement or compromise negotiate a contract 2 a: to transfer (as an instrument) to… …   Law dictionary

  • negotiate — 1 parley, treat, *confer, commune, consult, advise 2 Negotiate, arrange, concert are comparable when they mean to bring about or accomplish by mutual agreement especially after discussion or parley. Negotiate and arrange both imply prior exchange …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Negotiate — Ne*go ti*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Negotiated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Negotiating}.] 1. To carry on negotiations concerning; to procure or arrange for by negotiation; as, to negotiate peace, or an exchange. [1913 Webster] Constantinople had negotiated …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Negotiate — Ne*go ti*ate, v. i. [L. negotiatus, p. p. of negotiari, fr. negotium business; nec not + otium leisure. Cf. {Neglect}.] 1. To transact business; to carry on trade. [Obs.] Hammond. [1913 Webster] 2. To treat with another respecting purchase and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • negotiate — [v1] bargain, discuss accommodate, adjudicate, adjust, agree, arbitrate, arrange, bring to terms*, bury the hatchet*, come across with*, compose, concert, conciliate, confer, connect, consult, contract, covenant, cut a deal*, deal, debate,… …   New thesaurus

  • negotiate — [ni gō′shē āt΄, ni gō′sēāt΄] vi. negotiated, negotiating [< L negotiatus, pp. of negotiari, to carry on business < negotium, business < neg , not (see NEGATION) + otium, ease] to confer, bargain, or discuss with a view to reaching… …   English World dictionary

  • negotiate — is one of Fowler s lost causes. In 1926 he strongly attacked its use in what he called ‘its improper sense’ of ‘tackle successfully’ as in negotiating bends, obstacles, etc., a use that is now well established …   Modern English usage

  • negotiate — ► VERB 1) try to reach an agreement or compromise by discussion. 2) obtain or bring about by negotiating. 3) find a way over or through (an obstacle or difficult path). 4) transfer (a cheque, bill, etc.) to the legal ownership of another.… …   English terms dictionary

  • negotiate — verb 1 try to reach an agreement ADVERB ▪ carefully ▪ a carefully negotiated series of concessions ▪ successfully ▪ effectively ▪ individually …   Collocations dictionary


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