negotiate


negotiate
negotiate ne‧go‧ti‧ate [nɪˈgəʊʆieɪt ǁ -ˈgoʊ-] verb
1. [intransitive, transitive] to discuss something in order to reach an agreement:

• Union leaders have negotiated an agreement for a shorter working week.

• They negotiated a new contract with the sellers.

negotiate with

• The firm is negotiating with its creditors to restructure its debt.

— negotiator noun [countable] :

• a former U.S. trade negotiator

2. negotiate a loan to discuss with a bank or other organization that lends money the amount they will lend you, the rate of interest they will charge etc
3. [transitive] BANKING to exchange money or goods by using a document such as bill of exchange that allows you to do this

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negotiate UK US /nɪˈgəʊʃieɪt/ verb
[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.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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