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"negotiate" in British English

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negotiateverb

uk   /nəˈɡəʊ.ʃi.eɪt/  us   /-ˈɡoʊ-/
  • negotiate verb (DISCUSS)

C1 [I or T] to have ​formaldiscussions with someone in ​order to ​reach an ​agreement with them: The ​government has ​refused to negotiate with the ​strikers. I'm negotiating for a new ​contract. I've ​managed to negotiate (= get by ​discussion) a five ​percentpayincrease with my ​boss.

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  • negotiate verb (MANAGE TO DO)

[T] to ​manage to ​travel along a ​difficultroute: The only way to negotiate the ​muddyhillside is on ​foot. [T] to ​deal with something ​difficult: The company's had some ​trickyproblems to negotiate in ​its first ​year in ​business.
(Definition of negotiate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"negotiate" in American English

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negotiateverb

 us   /nɪˈɡoʊ·ʃiˌeɪt/
  • negotiate verb (DISCUSS)

[I/T] to have ​formaldiscussions with someone in ​order to ​reach an ​agreement: [T] We ​want to negotiate a ​settlement that is ​fair to both ​sides.
  • negotiate verb (MOVE)

[T] to move ​carefully or with ​difficulty past, through, or along something: She was ​able to negotiate the ​climb with some ​help from ​youngercampers.
(Definition of negotiate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"negotiate" in Business English

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negotiateverb

uk   us   /nɪˈɡəʊʃieɪt/
[I] MEETINGS to have ​formal discussions with someone in ​order to ​reachagreement: The ​dealers who negotiate on behalf of ​clients are known as ​commoditybrokers.negotiate with sb/sth The ​mergeragreementrequires that we don't negotiate with any other ​company.negotiate for sth He is negotiating for ​higherroyalties from the ​recordcompany.negotiate on/over sth Unions are negotiating over ​pensions.negotiate to do sth The ​company is negotiating to ​buy a multi-million ​dollarstake in one of the world's biggest ​oilfields.
[T] MEETINGS to ​achieve, ​arrange, or ​agree to something by having ​formal discussions with someone: negotiate a contract/deal/settlement The ​unions should take the ​opportunity to negotiate further ​paydeals as soon as possible.negotiate a discount/fee/price Retailers should be ​allowed to negotiate ​prices directly with ​producers.
[T] BANKING, FINANCE to discuss the details of ​borrowingmoney from a ​bank, etc. such as how much they will ​lend you and what ​rate of ​interest you will ​pay: negotiate financing/a loan/a mortgage The ​organization can negotiate a ​loanbased on its ​assets and future ​contracts.
[T] FINANCE, BANKING to get or give a ​sum of ​money in ​exchange for a ​financialdocument of the same ​value: negotiate a bill of exchange/a cheque We can negotiate any ​singlecheque up to the ​value of £2000.
[T] to ​deal with something difficult: The ​company has had some difficult problems to negotiate in its first ​year of ​business.
(Definition of negotiate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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