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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of negotiari 'to do business', from negotium 'business', from neg- 'not' + otium 'time for relaxing'

negotiate

verb
     
Related topics: Business
ne‧go‧ti‧ate S3 W3
1 [intransitive and transitive]B to discuss something in order to reach an agreement, especially in business or politics
negotiate with
The government refuses to negotiate with terrorists.
negotiate an agreement/contract etc
Union leaders have negotiated an agreement for a shorter working week.
His first aim is to get the warring parties back to the negotiating table (=discussing something).
2 [transitive]TTR to succeed in getting past or over a difficult place on a path, road etc:
Guido swung the steering-wheel round to negotiate a corner.

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