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negotiate with (one)

To confer with one or a group so as to reach an agreement according to particular terms; to bargain with one. A noun or pronoun can be used between "negotiate" and "with" to specify what is being negotiated. We have made it perfectly clear that our government with not negotiate with terrorists! I'm trying to negotiate a pay raise with my employers. There's no use trying to negotiate with him—he's completely inflexible once his mind's made up.
See also: negotiate

negotiate (with one) about (something)

To confer with one or a group so as to reach an agreement about some issue according to particular terms; to bargain with one about something. I'm negotiating with my employers about a possible pay raise. The union and management are negotiating about employees' benefits.
See also: negotiate

negotiate (with one) over (something)

To confer with one or a group so as to reach an agreement about some issue according to particular terms; to bargain with one about something. I'm negotiating with my employers over a possible pay raise. The union and management are negotiating over employees' benefits.
See also: negotiate, over

negotiate (with someone or something) (over someone or something)

 and negotiate (with someone or something) (about someone or something)
to bargain with someone or a group about someone or something. We decided to negotiate with them over the terms of the contract. We want to negotiate with them about the cost of the goods. They refused to negotiate with our purchasing agent.
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Jack went out to get a napoleon changed, so as to have money suited to the general cheapness of things, and came back and said he bad "swamped the bank, had bought eleven quarts of coin, and the head of the firm had gone on the street to negotiate for the balance of the change.
He could conceal his heart; had more endurance; he could swim longer, and steer a canoe better than any of his people; he could shoot straighter, and negotiate more tortuously than any man of his race I knew.
As the single gentleman after some weeks' occupation of his lodgings, still declined to correspond, by word or gesture, either with Mr Brass or his sister Sally, but invariably chose Richard Swiveller as his channel of communication; and as he proved himself in all respects a highly desirable inmate, paying for everything beforehand, giving very little trouble, making no noise, and keeping early hours; Mr Richard imperceptibly rose to an important position in the family, as one who had influence over this mysterious lodger, and could negotiate with him, for good or evil, when nobody else durst approach his person.
The claims about how well the Veterans Administration negotiates for lower drug prices don't hold up either, when one looks at the complete picture.
Post-Modernists - and Modernists too - know that language frames and negotiates all judgments of experience.
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