Definitions of negotiate
to try to reach an agreement through formal discussions
The government is ready to negotiate a settlement.
to arrange or agree to something through formal discussions
I negotiated a great deal on my new house.
to transfer a cheque or other money substitute to someone else in exchange for money
We can only negotiate up to £5000 worth of cheques in any 28 day period.
Phrase Bank for negotiate
The mediator negotiated between the buyer and the seller.
The biggest issue for us to negotiate on is price.
Mr. Anderson will negotiate on behalf of the buyer, who wishes to remain anonymous.
Your lawyer will negotiate with the prosecutor on your behalf.
The government negotiated for release of the hostages.
Steritech and Baxter shall negotiate in good faith for an exclusive license to any such Technology.
Additional Notes for negotiate
Useful negotiating expressions
Making a proposal
Our proposal is…
What we’re looking for is…
We would like to put this forward for your consideration.
Could you consider…?
Asking for clarification
I’m not sure I follow you. Did you say that…? Are you saying that…?
In what way…?
Sorry, I’m not sure I understand?
If I understand you correctly, you will be ready next week.
Can you please run that by me once again.
Are you implying/suggesting that…?
If I follow you correctly, you would like us to double-check the figures.
Sorry, can you repeat that last point once again for me please?
Clarifying the issue
As far as I can see, the main issue is…
I think the important issue here is…
It seems to us that the real issue is…
Well, from a legal point of view, these negotiations are about…
If I can just stop you for a moment…
Sorry to interrupt you but…
Sorry, can I just say that…
As you were saying earlier…
To go back to what I was saying earlier…
To go back to what Maria was saying…
I’m afraid we can’t go along with…
That would be difficult for us.
I’m not sure I entirely agree with you on that.
As it stands, I can’t take that back to my client.
Expressing disagreement strongly
I’m afraid that’s out of the question.
We simply could not accept…
There is no way we can agree to that.
My client would never agree to that.
Let me be perfectly clear – that proposal is unacceptable.
Expressing understanding of a position, but adding an opposing view
We fully understand the reasoning behind that, but…
I suppose that could be true, but you have to look at the bigger picture.
That may be the case, but…
I see your point. However…
Yes, but that’s only one side of the problem.
Yes, but you have to look at it another way, too.
Moving towards a compromise
If you could consider….we’d be willing to be more flexible about…
That’s certainly a step in the right direction.
My client might be willing to…if your client would…
If your client would be willing to…I could recommend to my client to…
Yes, you have a point there.
Let’s agree on….shall we?
I think we could live with that.
It’s a deal!
The process of negotiations between unions and employers is called collective bargaining.