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Definition of "negotiate" []

  • To confer with another or others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement: "It is difficult to negotiate where neither will trust” ( Samuel Johnson). (verb-intransitive)
  • To arrange or settle by discussion and mutual agreement: negotiate a contract. (verb-transitive)
  • To transfer title to or ownership of (a promissory note, for example) to another party by delivery or by delivery and endorsement in return for value received. (verb-transitive)
  • To sell or discount (assets or securities, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • To succeed in going over or coping with: negotiate a sharp curve. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "negotiate" in a sentence
  • "QUESTION: You keep using the term negotiate just like the Maersk Company did."
  • "But these talks are being put in jeopardy by the crude and naive tactics of Government ministers who don't seem to understand the word negotiate."
  • "One of the obstacles that Kate simply cannot negotiate is her own pride."