To negotiate is to go through the process of forming an agreement or making a deal. This word is often used in business and government.
- Most car dealers are willing to negotiate on the price of a vehicle. (They’ll talk about the price.)
- Do you normally pay the price shown on a price tag, or do you negotiate?
- The seller of the house says she won’t negotiate.
- The two sides in the civil war refused to negotiate.
- The government negotiated for the release of hostages.
The word "negotiation" is a noun:
- Workers and management went through a series of negotiations before settling on a contract.
- Negotiations over the release of the hostages lasted for several days.
- Brian says he’s not very good at negotiating. (The word "negotiating" is a gerund.)
- Skilled negotiators created the terms for the agreement. (A negotiator is a person who negotiates.)
The negotiators worked all night before coming to an agreement.
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March 15, 2014