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Definition of negotiate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they negotiate
    he / she / it negotiates
    past simple negotiated
    -ing form negotiating
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  1. 1[intransitive] negotiate (with somebody) (for/about something) to try to reach an agreement by formal discussion The government will not negotiate with terrorists. We have been negotiating for more pay. a strong negotiating position negotiating skills
  2. 2[transitive] negotiate something to arrange or agree to something by formal discussion to negotiate a deal/contract/treaty/settlement We successfully negotiated the release of the hostages.
  3. 3[transitive] negotiate something to successfully get over or past a difficult part on a path or route The climbers had to negotiate a steep rock face.
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