Meaning of “negotiate” in the English Dictionary

"negotiate" in British English

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negotiateverb

uk /nəˈɡəʊ.ʃi.eɪt/ us /nəˈɡoʊ.ʃi.eɪt/

negotiate verb (DISCUSS)

C1 [ I or T ] to have formal discussions 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 percent pay increase with my boss.

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negotiate verb (MANAGE TO DO)

[ T ] to manage to travel along a difficult route:

The only way to negotiate the muddy hillside is on foot.

[ T ] to deal with something difficult:

The company's had some tricky problems 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 formal discussions 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 younger campers.

(Definition of “negotiate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"negotiate" in Business English

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negotiateverb

uk /nɪˈɡəʊʃieɪt/ us

[ I ] MEETINGS to have formal discussions with someone in order to reach agreement:

The dealers who negotiate on behalf of clients are known as commodity brokers.
negotiate with sb/sth The merger agreement requires that we don't negotiate with any other company.
negotiate for sth He is negotiating for higher royalties from the record company.
negotiate on/over sth Unions are negotiating over pensions.
negotiate to do sth The company is negotiating to buy a multi-million dollar stake in one of the world's biggest oil fields.

[ 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 pay deals 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 borrowing money 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 loan based on its assets and future contracts.

[ T ] FINANCE, BANKING to get or give a sum of money in exchange for a financial document of the same value:

negotiate a bill of exchange/a cheque We can negotiate any single cheque 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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