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- (RP) IPA: /nəˈɡəʊ.ʃi.eɪt/, /nɪˈɡəʊ.si.eɪt/, X-SAMPA: /n@g@(U)Se(I)t/
- (US) IPA: /nəˈɡoʊ.ʃi.eɪt/, /nɪˈɡoʊ.ʃi.eɪt/, X-SAMPA: /n@go(U)Se(I)t/
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- (intransitive) To confer with others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement.
- 1963: "You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue." —Martin Luther King, Jr., to the eight fellow clergymen who opposed the civil rights action, "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait
- (transitive) To arrange or settle something by mutual agreement.
- We negotiated the contract to everyone's satisfaction.
- (transitive) To succeed in coping with, or getting over something.
- We negotiated the mountain track with difficulty.
- Although the car was quite rickety, he could negotiate the curves very well.
- 2012 June 29, Kevin Mitchell, “Roger Federer back from Wimbledon 2012 brink to beat Julien Benneteau”, the Guardian:
- Novak Djokovic earlier had negotiated his own tricky passage through the fifth day.
- (obsolete) To transact business; to carry on trade.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Hammond to this entry?)
- (obsolete) To intrigue; to scheme.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
confer to reach an agreement (intransitive)
arrange a mutual agreement (transitive)
coping with, getting over
- negotiate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- negotiate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- vocative masculine singular of negōtiātus