ne·go·ti·ate /nɪˈgoʃiˌet, &dɪvɪdɛ;si-/
Ne·go·ti·ate v. i.
1. To transact business; to carry on trade. [Obs.]
2. To treat with another respecting purchase and sale or some business affair; to bargain or trade; as, to negotiate with a man for the purchase of goods or a farm.
3. To hold intercourse respecting a treaty, league, convention, or other proposed agreement; to treat with, respecting peace or commerce; to conduct communications or conferences.
He that negotiates between God and man
Is God's ambassador. --Cowper.
4. To intrigue; to scheme. [Obs.]
Ne·go·ti·ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Negotiated p. pr. & vb. n. Negotiating ]
1. To carry on negotiations concerning; to procure or arrange for by negotiation; as, to negotiate peace, or an exchange.
Constantinople had negotiated in the isles of the Archipelago . . . the most indispensable supplies. --Gibbon.
2. To transfer for a valuable consideration under rules of commercial law; to sell; to pass.
The notes were not negotiated to them in the usual course of business or trade. --Kent.
v : discuss the terms of an arrangement; "They negotiated the
sale of the house" [syn: negociate, talk terms]