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  1. ne·go·ti·ate
    IPA[nəˈɡōSHēˌāt]
  2. verb

    • 1. obtain or bring about by discussion:

      he negotiated a new contract with the sellers
      Synonym : arrange, work out, thrash out, hammer out, reach an agreement on, agree on, come to terms about, reach terms on, broker, settle, clinch, conclude, contract, pull off, bring off, bring about, transact, sort out, swing
    • 2. try to reach an agreement or compromise by discussion with others:

      his government's willingness to negotiate
      Synonym : discuss terms, hold talks, discuss a settlement, talk, consult together, try to reach a compromise, parley, confer, debate, mediate, intercede, arbitrate, moderate, conciliate, act as honest broker, bargain, haggle, wheel and deal, dicker, treat with someone, chaffer, palter
    • 3. find a way over or through (an obstacle or difficult path):

      there was a puddle to be negotiated
      Synonym : get around/past/over, make one's way around/past/over, make it around/past/over, clear, cross, pass over, surmount, overcome, deal with, cope with
    • 4. transfer (a check, bill, or other document) to the legal ownership of another person.

    • 5. convert (a check) into cash.

  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: negotiate, 3rd person present: negotiates, gerund or present participle: negotiating, past tense: negotiated, past participle: negotiated

    • verb

      obtain or bring about by discussion:

      try to reach an agreement or compromise by discussion:

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