- 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 [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[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.
NAmE//nɪˈɡoʊʃiˌeɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they negotiate
he / she / it negotiates
past simple negotiated
-ing form negotiating