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Definition of negotiate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    negotiate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈɡəʊʃieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡoʊʃieɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they negotiate
    BrE BrE//ˈɡəʊʃieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡoʊʃieɪt//
     
    he / she / it negotiates
    BrE BrE//nɪˈɡəʊʃieɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɪˈɡoʊʃieɪts//
     
    past simple negotiated
    BrE BrE//nɪˈɡəʊʃieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɪˈɡoʊʃieɪtɪd//
     
    past participle negotiated
    BrE BrE//nɪˈɡəʊʃieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɪˈɡoʊʃieɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form negotiating
    BrE BrE//nɪˈɡəʊʃieɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɪˈɡoʊʃieɪtɪŋ//
     
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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 Wordfinderagreement, armistice, ceasefire, disengage, negotiate, peace, reparations, surrender, treaty, truce See related entries: International relations, Peacekeeping, Terrorism
  2. 2[transitive] negotiate something to arrange or agree something by formal discussion to negotiate a deal/contract/treaty/settlement We successfully negotiated the release of the hostages.
  3. 3[transitive] negotiate something (formal) to successfully get over or past a difficult part on a path or route The climbers had to negotiate a steep rock face.
  4. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin negotiat- ‘done in the course of business’, from the verb negotiari, from negotium ‘business’, from neg- ‘not’ + otium ‘leisure’.Extra examples He safely negotiated the slippery stepping stones. He successfully negotiated the slippery steps. I managed to negotiate successfully with the authorities. Rents are individually negotiated between landlord and tenant. The flight of steps was quite difficult to negotiate with a heavy suitcase. The parameters of the job are being continually negotiated. They have refused to negotiate on this issue. They were forced to negotiate directly with the rebels. We are negotiating for the release of the prisoners. a carefully negotiated series of concessions negotiating directly with the rebels negotiating on behalf of Britain those negotiating on behalf of the government to negotiate between the two sides Her financial adviser is negotiating on her behalf. I had just negotiated the entire length of Oxford Street. She managed to negotiate a permanent contract with the firm. She negotiated her way past the hot ovens. The car negotiated the bends of the twisting mountain road. The rats had to negotiate the mazes to obtain food. Up to 10 000 vehicles a day negotiate this narrow, winding road. We still need to negotiate the details of the contract. We then had to negotiate a steep rock face. You have to negotiate two rather sharp corners.
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