1 try to reach an agreement

a carefully negotiated series of concessions

individually, separately

Rents are individually negotiated between landlord and tenant.


Theyt were forced to negotiate directly with the rebels.

constantly, continually

The parameters of the job are being continually negotiated.

be able to
be prepared to, be willing to

Are the employers really willing to negotiate?

attempt to, seek to, try to
manage to
help (to)

to negotiate between the two sides


We are negotiating for the release of the prisoners.


They have refused to negotiate on this issue.

on behalf of

those negotiating on behalf of the government


I managed to negotiate successfully with the authorities.

2 successfully get over/past sth
easily, safely (esp. BrE), successfully

He successfully negotiated the slippery steps.

be difficult to

The flight of steps was quite difficult to negotiate with a heavy suitcase.

Negotiate is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑union
Negotiate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑accord, ↑agreement, ↑armistice, ↑arrangement, ↑bend, ↑ceasefire, ↑compromise, ↑contract, ↑curve, ↑deal, ↑detail, ↑discount, ↑extension, ↑fee, ↑hazard, ↑lease, ↑maze, ↑minefield, ↑pact, ↑peace, ↑price, ↑release, ↑settlement, ↑surrender, ↑term, ↑terrain, ↑treaty, ↑truce, ↑turn

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  • negotiate — ne·go·ti·ate /ni gō shē ˌāt/ vb at·ed, at·ing vi: to confer with another so as to settle some matter vt 1: to bring about through conference, discussion, and agreement or compromise negotiate a contract 2 a: to transfer (as an instrument) to… …   Law dictionary

  • negotiate — 1 parley, treat, *confer, commune, consult, advise 2 Negotiate, arrange, concert are comparable when they mean to bring about or accomplish by mutual agreement especially after discussion or parley. Negotiate and arrange both imply prior exchange …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Negotiate — Ne*go ti*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Negotiated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Negotiating}.] 1. To carry on negotiations concerning; to procure or arrange for by negotiation; as, to negotiate peace, or an exchange. [1913 Webster] Constantinople had negotiated …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Negotiate — Ne*go ti*ate, v. i. [L. negotiatus, p. p. of negotiari, fr. negotium business; nec not + otium leisure. Cf. {Neglect}.] 1. To transact business; to carry on trade. [Obs.] Hammond. [1913 Webster] 2. To treat with another respecting purchase and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • negotiate — [v1] bargain, discuss accommodate, adjudicate, adjust, agree, arbitrate, arrange, bring to terms*, bury the hatchet*, come across with*, compose, concert, conciliate, confer, connect, consult, contract, covenant, cut a deal*, deal, debate,… …   New thesaurus

  • negotiate — [ni gō′shē āt΄, ni gō′sēāt΄] vi. negotiated, negotiating [< L negotiatus, pp. of negotiari, to carry on business < negotium, business < neg , not (see NEGATION) + otium, ease] to confer, bargain, or discuss with a view to reaching… …   English World dictionary

  • negotiate — (v.) to communicate in search of mutual agreement, 1590s, back formation from NEGOTIATION (Cf. negotiation), or else from L. negotiatus, pp. of negotiari. In the sense of tackle successfully (1862), it at first meant to clear on horseback a hedge …   Etymology dictionary

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