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    #1

    negotiate the steps v. take the steps v. move over the steps

    "I helped her negotiate the steps and then the trek to an empty seat."

    I found "negotiate the steps" somehow confusing. Does it mean "to take the steps" and "to move over the steps" ?

    Which of them are most collequal?

    Source: Why Time Flies [Reader's Digest article]

    Thank you.

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    Re: negotiate the steps v. take the steps v. move over the steps

    See definition#2 here.

    The person concerned apparently has some difficulty in getting around, possibly because of age, injury, and/or medical condition.

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