v. ne·go·ti·at·ed, ne·go·ti·at·ing, ne·go·ti·ates
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).
1. To arrange or settle by discussion and mutual agreement: negotiate a contract.
2. To transfer (an instrument, such as a promissory note) to another party by means of endorsement.
a. To succeed in going over or through: negotiate a sharp curve.
b. To succeed in accomplishing or managing: negotiate a difficult musical passage.
[Latin negōtiārī, negōtiāt-, to transact business, from negōtium, business : neg-, not; see ne in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + ōtium, leisure.]
ne·gotia·to′ry (-shə-tôr′ē, -shē-ə-) adj.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The American Heritage Dictionary Blog
Check out our blog, updated regularly, for new words and revised definitions, interesting images from the 5th edition, discussions of usage, and more.
American Heritage Dictionary Products
The American Heritage Dictionary, 5th Edition
The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
The American Heritage Roget's Thesaurus
Curious George's Dictionary
The American Heritage Children's Dictionary
The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots
The American Heritage Student Grammar Dictionary
The American Heritage Desk Dictionary + Thesaurus
The American Heritage Science Dictionary
The American Heritage Dictionary of Business Terms
The American Heritage Student Dictionary
The American Heritage Essential Student Thesaurus