negotiating Definition

  • 1to have a formal discussion with someone in order to reach an agreement with them
  • 2to successfully travel along or over a difficult route

Using negotiating: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "negotiating" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The two countries are currently negotiating a trade deal.

  • Example

    I spent the afternoon negotiating with the car salesman.

  • Example

    She is skilled at negotiating difficult terrain.

  • Example

    The climbers were negotiating the final stretch of the mountain.

negotiating Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using negotiating

  • negotiate the rapids

    to successfully navigate through a difficult situation or challenge


    The company was able to negotiate the rapids of the recession and emerge stronger than before.

  • to successfully navigate a difficult turn or change in direction


    The race car driver expertly negotiated the curve and pulled ahead of the pack.

  • to successfully navigate a situation that is full of potential problems or dangers


    The politician had to negotiate a minefield of conflicting interests in order to pass the bill.

Phrases with negotiating

  • a place where people meet to discuss and try to reach an agreement


    Both sides have agreed to come back to the negotiating table next week.

  • the ability to influence the outcome of a negotiation


    The union has strong negotiating power because of their large membership.

  • negotiating skills

    the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in order to reach an agreement


    Her negotiating skills helped her secure a better salary.


Summary: negotiating in Brief

Negotiating [nɪˈɡəʊʃieɪtɪŋ] refers to having formal discussions with someone to reach an agreement, or successfully traveling along a difficult route. Examples include 'The two countries are currently negotiating a trade deal,' and 'She is skilled at negotiating difficult terrain.' Phrases like 'negotiating table' and 'negotiating power' denote the context of negotiations, while idioms like 'negotiate the rapids' and 'negotiate a curve' describe successful navigation of difficult situations.

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