- 1Obtain or bring about by discussion: he negotiated a new contract with the sellersMore example sentences
- For a while the police tried to negotiate a way to bring the 65 year-old cleric out of jail and off to a new cell without confrontation.
- Rather, they were able to negotiate a settlement with the English which brought their conflict to an end.
- My father, at last glimpse, cell phone glued to his ear, was negotiating a settlement for some inscrutable business deal.
- 1.1 [no object] Try to reach an agreement or compromise by discussion: they refused to negotiate with the rebelsMore example sentences
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• informal powwow• formal treat with someone
- The United Forum of Bank Unions has been negotiating for a new agreement with Indian Banks Association since July 2 but has failed to reach a settlement.
- The court rules encourage both sides to negotiate and reach agreement wherever possible.
- That matrix was the background to the commercial adventure that formed the subject matter of the contract, not the mechanism by which the parties set about negotiating and reaching agreement.
- 2Find a way over or through (an obstacle or difficult route): she cautiously negotiated the hairpin bendMore example sentences
- Many had difficulty negotiating the cross-drive obstacle, where often it was not until they were almost upon it that is was clear whether the sheep were going through or around the outside.
- Would you want to be a pedestrian or cyclist using such a street while some of the drivers around here try to negotiate an obstacle course?
- However, the difficulties of negotiating the political obstacles to further reform of the CAP were clearly demonstrated in November 1995.
- 3Transfer (a cheque, bill, or other document) to the legal ownership of another person, who thus becomes entitled to any benefit.More example sentences
- When the payee transfers or negotiates a bill, he is generally asked to indorse it.
- There's a resident standing in front of him negotiating his bill.
- In our submission, that does not amount to drawing, accepting and negotiating a bill of exchange.
- 3.1Convert (a cheque) into cash or notes.More example sentences
- He was not involved in negotiating the credit note.
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- The demands of the Fallujah negotiants from the government weeks ago were obscene and they clearly reflect the overt sectarianism and regionalism of the armed groups in the area.
- A new wave of smaller, more quality-oriented negotiants is starting to emerge, creating more individual, quality wines.
- The strength of the wine industry, especially the wines from France - and that is the standard most should strive to achieve - was as the direct result of the negotiants.
Pronunciation: /-ʃɪənt/noun ( • archaic )
early 17th century: from Latin negotiat- 'done in the course of business', from the verb negotiari, from negotium 'business', from neg- 'not' + otium 'leisure'.