from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. 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).
  • transitive v. To arrange or settle by discussion and mutual agreement: negotiate a contract.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To sell or discount (assets or securities, for example).
  • transitive v. To succeed in going over or coping with: negotiate a sharp curve.
  • transitive v. To succeed in accomplishing or managing: negotiate a difficult musical passage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To confer with others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement.
  • v. To arrange or settle something by mutual agreement.
  • v. To succeed in coping with, or getting over something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To transact business; to carry on trade.
  • intransitive v. To treat with another respecting purchase and sale or some business affair; to bargain or trade.
  • intransitive v. To hold intercourse respecting a treaty, league, convention, or other proposed agreement; to treat with, respecting peace or commerce; to conduct communications or conferences.
  • intransitive v. To intrigue; to scheme.
  • transitive v. To carry on negotiations concerning; to procure or arrange for by negotiation.
  • transitive v. To transfer for a valuable consideration under rules of commercial law; to sell; to pass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To carry on business or trade.
  • To treat with another or others, as in the arrangement of a treaty, or in preliminaries to the transaction of any business; carry on negotiations.
  • To arrange for or procure by negotiation; bring about by mutual arrangement, a discussion, or bargaining; as, to negotiate a loan or a treaty.
  • To direct; manage; transact.
  • To handle; manage.
  • To put, into circulation by transference and assignment of claim by indorsement: as, to negotiate a bill of exchange.
  • To dispose of by sale or transfer: as, to negotiate securities.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. succeed in passing through, around, or over
  • v. discuss the terms of an arrangement


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin negōtiārī, negōtiāt-, to transact business, from negōtium, business : neg-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + ōtium, leisure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin negotiatus, past participle of negotiari ("to carry on business"), from negotium ("business") (Eng. usg. 1599), from nec ("not") + otium ("leisure, ease, inactivity").



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