To negotiate is to try to work out an agreement between parties that each want something out of the deal. You might negotiate with your mom — offering to do more chores for a raise in your allowance. Good luck.

Negotiation is all about give and take. Governments are always negotiating with unions, trying to define the terms of new contracts. The government might offer the teachers union a raise, if they agree to work 200 days a year instead of 180. The verb negotiate can also mean to successfully pass through or travel along. You may have to negotiate a hazardous road, or a tricky path through sticker bushes.

Definitions of negotiate
  1. verb
    discuss the terms of an arrangement
    “They negotiated the sale of the house”
    synonyms: negociate, talk terms
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    arbitrate, intercede, intermediate, liaise, mediate
    act between parties with a view to reconciling differences
    renegociate, renegotiate
    revise the terms of in order to limit or regain excess profits gained by the contractor
    bargain, dicker
    negotiate the terms of an exchange
    act as a broker
    chaffer, haggle, higgle, huckster
    wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc.)
    roll over
    negociate to repay a loan at a later date for an additional fee
    type of:
    discuss, hash out, talk over
    speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion
  2. verb
    succeed in passing through, around, or over
    synonyms: negociate
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    go across, go through, pass
    go across or through
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