negotiate

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1. discuss different needs with a view to making a compromise

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open/begin negotiations, negotiate a deal/compromise/contract

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'To negotiate' means to bargain with another person or party in order to reach an agreement both parties are happy with. Successful negotiating is based on the perceived value of what can be gained and lost by either party. There are many personal and professional situations where you might need to negotiate: for a pay rise; which tasks should be done by who at home; the terms of a contract or agreement, or of a sale. Similar meaning words include 'to haggle', 'to bargain' and 'to come to or reach an amicable agreement.'

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  1. The United States and the European Union are in negotiations regarding trade tariffs.
  2. The football player and his Manager negotiated a new contract with the Premier League team.
  3. Negotiations between the tenant and landlord about rent rates are ongoing.

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  1. I am willing to negotiate on the location of my new home if the price is right and it has a nice garden.
  2. When it comes to a work/home balance I am not going to negotiate. My family will always come first.

2. find a way around or through something

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negotiate a way around or through

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 usually refers to manoeuvring (physically or figuratively) around (or through) an obstacle

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  1. The bus driver carefully negotiated the curves of the steep mountain climb.
  2. I really wasn't sure how I was going to negotiate this tricky situation, but I knew I had to try.

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  1. That was a difficult argument to come up against but you negotiated the questions really well.
  2. We are going to have to negotiate this difficult economic climate carefully if we want to emerge without being in the red.

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