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  • (UK) IPA (key): /nəˈgəʊ.ʃi.eɪt/ or /nɪˈgəʊ.si.eɪt/, SAMPA: /n@g@(U)Se(I)t/
  • (US) IPA (key): /nəˈgoʊ.ʃi.eɪt/ or /nɪˈgoʊ.ʃi.eɪt/, SAMPA: /n@go(U)Se(I)t/
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  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you negotiate with somebody about something, you each give your own ideas and try to reach an agreement.
    Owens and his boss are still negotiating.
    I was still negotiating for the best rate.
    She repeated her long-held belief that no country can negotiate with terrorists.
    The US and Canada then negotiated an agreement that was completed in 1987.
    The city's Peace Officers Association is currently negotiating a new contract with the city.
    He made it clear that he would not negotiate.
    I disagree that it is a relatively easy matter to negotiate over hostages.
    The United States is willing to negotiate or see negotiations proceed with Iran.
    Carter was known as the president who negotiated peace between Egypt and Israel.
    The United Automobile Workers union negotiated good pension and health benefits with the American automakers.
    Ontario has taken a leading role in negotiating lower prices for many drugs.
    He didn't want to sign a particular contract with no opportunity to negotiate the terms of that contract.
  2. (transitive) If you negotiate a difficult area, you successfully move over or through it.
    Drivers still consider it a challenge to negotiate the long, desolate stretches of road with few services.
    American Indian students used Indian play to explore, comment on, and negotiate their identities as young Indians.


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