verb (used without object), ne·go·ti·at·ed, ne·go·ti·at·ing.
- 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.
- to arrange for or bring about by discussion and settlement of terms: to negotiate a loan.
- to manage; transact; conduct: He negotiated an important business deal.
- to move through, around, or over in a satisfactory manner: to negotiate a difficult dance step without tripping: to negotiate sharp curves.
- to transfer (a draft, promissory note, etc.) to a new owner by endorsement and delivery or by delivery.
- to work or talk (with others) to achieve (a transaction, an agreement, etc)
- (tr) to succeed in passing through, around, or overto negotiate a mountain pass
- (tr) finance
- to transfer (a negotiable commercial paper) by endorsement to another in return for value received
- to sell (financial assets)
- 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.