negotiate

negotiate
\ \ [16] The etymological notion underlying negotiate is of ‘not being at leisure’, and hence of ‘being busy’. The word comes ultimately from Latin negōtiumbusiness’, which was a compound formed from the negative particle neg and ōtiumleisure’ (source of English otiose [18]). From it was derived the verb negōtiārīdo business’, which passed into English as negotiate. There is some early evidence in the derivatives negotiation and negotiator that the original Latin sense of the word survived into English, but in the verb itself it had already developed via ‘transact business’ and ‘hold business discussions’ to ‘hold discussions’ generally.
\ \ Cf.OTIOSE

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  • 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 …   Financial and business terms

  • negotiate — ne·go·ti·ate /ni gō shē ˌāt/ vb at·ed, at·ing vi: to confer with another so as to settle some matter vt 1: to bring about through conference, discussion, and agreement or compromise negotiate a contract 2 a: to transfer (as an instrument) to… …   Law dictionary

  • negotiate — 1 parley, treat, *confer, commune, consult, advise 2 Negotiate, arrange, concert are comparable when they mean to bring about or accomplish by mutual agreement especially after discussion or parley. Negotiate and arrange both imply prior exchange …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Negotiate — 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. [1913 Webster] Constantinople had negotiated …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Negotiate — Ne*go ti*ate, v. i. [L. negotiatus, p. p. of negotiari, fr. negotium business; nec not + otium leisure. Cf. {Neglect}.] 1. To transact business; to carry on trade. [Obs.] Hammond. [1913 Webster] 2. To treat with another respecting purchase and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • negotiate — [v1] bargain, discuss accommodate, adjudicate, adjust, agree, arbitrate, arrange, bring to terms*, bury the hatchet*, come across with*, compose, concert, conciliate, confer, connect, consult, contract, covenant, cut a deal*, deal, debate,… …   New thesaurus

  • negotiate — [ni gō′shē āt΄, ni gō′sēāt΄] vi. negotiated, negotiating [< L negotiatus, pp. of negotiari, to carry on business < negotium, business < neg , not (see NEGATION) + otium, ease] to confer, bargain, or discuss with a view to reaching… …   English World dictionary

  • negotiate — (v.) to communicate in search of mutual agreement, 1590s, back formation from NEGOTIATION (Cf. negotiation), or else from L. negotiatus, pp. of negotiari. In the sense of tackle successfully (1862), it at first meant to clear on horseback a hedge …   Etymology dictionary

  • negotiate — is one of Fowler s lost causes. In 1926 he strongly attacked its use in what he called ‘its improper sense’ of ‘tackle successfully’ as in negotiating bends, obstacles, etc., a use that is now well established …   Modern English usage

  • negotiate — ► VERB 1) try to reach an agreement or compromise by discussion. 2) obtain or bring about by negotiating. 3) find a way over or through (an obstacle or difficult path). 4) transfer (a cheque, bill, etc.) to the legal ownership of another.… …   English terms dictionary

  • negotiate — verb 1 try to reach an agreement ADVERB ▪ carefully ▪ a carefully negotiated series of concessions ▪ successfully ▪ effectively ▪ individually …   Collocations dictionary

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