NEGOTIATE, v.i. [ L. An errand, business; to go on errands, to negotiate.]

1. To transact business; to treat with another respecting purchase and sale; to hold intercourse in bargaining or trade, either in person or by a broker or substitute; as, to negotiate with a man for the purchase of goods or a farm.

2. To hold intercourse with another respecting a treaty, league or convention; to treat with respecting peace or commerce.

It is a crime for an embassador to betray his prince for whom he should negotiate.


1. To procure by mutual intercourse and agreement with another; as, to negotiate a loan of money.

Ship brokers and interpreters negotiate affreightments.

2. To procure, make or establish by mutual intercourse and agreement with others. Mr. Jay negotiated a treaty with the British ministry in 1794.

3. To sell; to pass; to transfer for a valuable consideration; as, to negotiate a bill of exchange.

The notes were not negotiated to them in the usual course of business or trade.