• General legal English
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Contract Law
  • Banking and Finance

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

    We suggest/propose…
    Our proposal is…
    What we’re looking for is…
    We would like to put this forward for your consideration.
    We’d like…
    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…

    Interrupting politely

    If I can just stop you for a moment…
    Sorry to interrupt you but…
    Sorry, can I just say that…

    Referring back

    As you were saying earlier…
    To go back to what I was saying earlier…
    To go back to what Maria was saying…

    Expressing disagreement

    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…
    Possibly, but…
    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…

    Expressing agreement

    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.