verb (used without object), ne·go·ti·at·ed, ne·go·ti·at·ing.

  1. to deal or bargain with another or others, as in the preparation of a treaty or contract or in preliminaries to a business deal.

verb (used with object), ne·go·ti·at·ed, ne·go·ti·at·ing.

  1. to arrange for or bring about by discussion and settlement of terms: to negotiate a loan.
  2. to manage; transact; conduct: He negotiated an important business deal.
  3. to move through, around, or over in a satisfactory manner: to negotiate a difficult dance step without tripping: to negotiate sharp curves.
  4. to transfer (a draft, promissory note, etc.) to a new owner by endorsement and delivery or by delivery.


  1. to work or talk (with others) to achieve (a transaction, an agreement, etc)
  2. (tr) to succeed in passing through, around, or overto negotiate a mountain pass
  3. (tr) finance
    1. to transfer (a negotiable commercial paper) by endorsement to another in return for value received
    2. to sell (financial assets)
    3. to arrange for (a loan)

v.“to communicate in search of mutual agreement,” 1590s, back-formation from negotiation, or else from Latin negotiatus, past participle 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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