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verb American English pronunciation: negotiate /nəˈɡoʊʃiˌeɪt/ 
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present participlenegotiating
past tensenegotiated
past participlenegotiated
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to try to reach an agreement by discussing something in a formal way, especially in a business or political situation

    The two sides have yet to show their willingness to negotiate.

    Negotiating a peace deal will not be an easy task.

    negotiate something with someone:

    The airline is negotiating a new contract with the union.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to successfully travel on a road or path that is difficult to travel on or travel through

    Only 4-wheel-drive vehicles can negotiate the rough roads around the ranch.

    1. a.
      to successfully deal with something that is preventing you from achieving a goal

      He'd given up trying to negotiate the labyrinth of Washington politics.

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