negotiate - definition and synonyms


Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 audio

present tense
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 here.

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

      He’d given up trying to negotiate the labyrinth of Westminster politics.

derived word


noun [countable]

Negotiators for both sides agreed to meet again tomorrow.