Negotiate is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand negotiate (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use negotiate in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of negotiate, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of negotiate, followed by 42 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - succeed in passing through, around, or over
EXAMPLES - Negotiate in a Sentence
- When you hear the word negotiate you think business. (source)
- Leaders will refuse to "negotiate" with Uighur leaders. (source)
- When did John McCain negotiate anything let alone a treaty? (source)
- Remember, the best time to negotiate is when you have other offers. (source)
- One of the obstacles that Kate simply cannot negotiate is her own pride. (source)
- At the mention of the word negotiate, Naitachal's ears stood straight up. (source)
- QUESTION: You keep using the term negotiate just like the Maersk Company did. (source)
- Whatever price they negotiate is independant of what the insurance company pays. (source)
- Luskin has ludicrously suggested that Obama "negotiate" with Bush on Rove's testimony. (source)
- The Bush administration wants Iran to capitulate not negotiate, which is increasingly unrealistic. (source)
- Women's organizations must learn to "negotiate" and establish dialogues with all political parties. (source)
- Why do we want a candidate that wants to 'negotiate' with people that want to dismantle the social safety net? (source)
- Yes, we negotiate from a position of strength, but we don't always have to use killing people as our first option. (source)
- Lenders would attempt to "negotiate" reductions in commissions and other closing costs in exchange for their approval. (source)
- I claim: My favorable choice-of-law provision that I asked my lawyer to help me negotiate is no longer in the contract. (source)
- I think the proposal for the government to negotiate is a very bad idea and could potentially increase everyone's costs. (source)
- Say what you want, but the minute you sit down with Iran to negotiate is the day you give up our #1 position in the world. (source)
- Is it to make the threat of a Republican filibuster seem likely, to give the Democrats an excuse to "negotiate" away the people's money? (source)
- The particular proposition being put forward, and that which the government would like a mandate to negotiate, is sovereignty association. (source)
- You remind me of those who believed that Britain could have struck a deal with Hitler, that he was someone with whom one could "negotiate". (source)
- But these talks are being put in jeopardy by the crude and naive tactics of Government ministers who don't seem to understand the word negotiate. (source)
- I'll put aside for a moment that when Reid says "negotiate," he really means "capitulate" (which he amply demonstrated throughout the Bush years). (source)
- Nonviolent direct action seeks to ... foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. (source)
- He can play stupid and pretend he didn't mean "negotiate" and that makes it a dog whistle to the GOP lizard-brain "nuke 'em all let God sort it out" base. (source)
- Now, the presumption is that a public plan would be cheaper because the government can -- has more clout to kind of negotiate rates with hospitals and such. (source)
- And you say this is reason enough for Israel to "negotiate" yet further concessions from them (which would leave them around 14% of the territory and not much else). (source)
- Neither Senators Clinton nor Obama are in a position to "negotiate" anything, since this dispute (such as there is one) os between the states of MI and FL and the DNC. (source)
- Since Europeans first came to the North American continent the indigenous people have had to negotiate from a disadvantaged position; lacking power, technology and wealth. (source)
- What uniquely qualifies Cuse to negotiate is the fact that Lost being the multi-branded property it is, they have already tackled most of the new media challenges internally. (source)
- Because the RATIONAL and EDUCATED know that you cannot negotiate from a position of weakness, and CHINA clearly has the bank book and they know the U.S. loan payment is almost due! (source)
- One of the worst ways to negotiate is to negotiate with one group, they pocket your negotiations, and then another group shows up and says, well, you said this to them, now give us this. (source)
- The Dems keep going back to the president to "negotiate" when it's obvious that the president has NO INTENTION WHATSOEVER of accepting anything besides a bill that gives him exactly what he wants. (source)
- Talking about "negotiating around" -- leaving aside the question of whether "around" adds anything that isn't contained in the word "negotiate" -- I wish the Dan Shuang Hao system had remained for cars. (source)
- Bloomberg reported that the US Congress had passed legislation that would let internet groups and music labels negotiate a lower rate - an interesting example of a royalty increase not sticking in the long run. (source)
- At this point, it is impossible to ignore Iran's active efforts to expand, improve and conceal its nuclear weapons program in Syria while it pretends to "negotiate" with Britain, France and Germany (the "EU-3"). (source)
- In particular, he bragged that he had secured promises from the White House that President Obama would fend off Congressional Democrats who want to "negotiate" drug prices, which in practice means price controls. (source)
- Saving face is an unbelievably important factor in the psyche of an Oriental or a Levantine and in order to 'negotiate' with him it is a sine qua non that he retain his apparent integrity, though his armies lie tatters. (source)
- This maneuver left the hapless Democrats with nothing really to "negotiate" except how to use accounting gimmicks to make the dismantling of the public sector in a time of recession appear marginally acceptable to the public. (source)
- I do not know all of the inner workings of reality tv, but it appears to me that if one does not negotiate from the forefront regarding what will be shown and what will not, there is little choice when a questionable situation arises. (source)
- No, a really clever expansionist Israel should exercise its right to take more land while it pretends to 'negotiate' an agreement to limit itself to proportionate reprisals for rockets, suicide bombings, kidnappings, shootings, knifings etc. (source)
- LONG: When we look at the fact that we're using the term "negotiate" with pirates, that we know that there was one pirate, who is now in custody, who was on the USS Bainbridge negotiating, how is it even possible to negotiate with pirates in the high seas? (source)
- Joining one recognised by your employer allows it to negotiate from a position of strength: Veale points out that companies which recognise unions tend to offer better wages, terms and conditions and are less likely to end up in employment tribunals, resulting in a lower turnover of staff. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 42 example sentences provided below is 49.0, which suggests that "negotiate" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 44 synonyms for negotiate.
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, dicker, haggle, hammer out a deal, handle, horse trade, intercede, make a deal, make peace, make terms, manage, mediate, moderate, network, parley, referee, settle, step in, stipulate, swap, transact, treat, umpire, work out, work out a deal
We have 13 antonyms for negotiate.
confuse, contend, deny, disagree, disarrange, ignore, keep, mix up, refuse, remain, stay, unsuit, upset
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of negotiate from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-intransitive) To confer with another or others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement: "It is difficult to negotiate where neither will trust” ( Samuel Johnson).
- (verb-transitive) To arrange or settle by discussion and mutual agreement: negotiate a contract.
- (verb-transitive) To transfer title to or ownership of (a promissory note, for example) to another party by delivery or by delivery and endorsement in return for value received.
- (verb-transitive) To sell or discount (assets or securities, for example).
- (verb-transitive) To succeed in going over or coping with: negotiate a sharp curve.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To confer with others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement.
- (verb) To arrange or settle something by mutual agreement.
- (verb) To succeed in coping with, or getting over something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-intransitive) To transact business; to carry on trade.
- (verb-intransitive) To treat with another respecting purchase and sale or some business affair; to bargain or trade.
- (verb-intransitive) To hold intercourse respecting a treaty, league, convention, or other proposed agreement; to treat with, respecting peace or commerce; to conduct communications or conferences.
- (verb-intransitive) To intrigue; to scheme.
- (verb-transitive) To carry on negotiations concerning; to procure or arrange for by negotiation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To carry on business or trade.
- (None) To treat with another or others, as in the arrangement of a treaty, or in preliminaries to the transaction of any business; carry on negotiations.
- (None) To arrange for or procure by negotiation; bring about by mutual arrangement, a discussion, or bargaining; as, to negotiate a loan or a treaty.
- (None) To direct; manage; transact.
- (None) To handle; manage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) succeed in passing through, around, or over
- (verb) discuss the terms of an arrangement