negate

verb
ne·​gate | \ ni-ˈgāt How to pronounce negate (audio) \
negated; negating

Definition of negate

transitive verb

1 : to deny the existence or truth of negated and denied her own honest reactions— Sara H. Hay
2 : to cause to be ineffective or invalid Alcohol can negate the effects of some medicines.

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Other Words from negate

negate noun
negator \ ni-​ˈgā-​tər How to pronounce negator (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for negate

nullify, negate, annul, abrogate, invalidate mean to deprive of effective or continued existence. nullify implies counteracting completely the force, effectiveness, or value of something. a penalty nullified the touchdown negate implies the destruction or canceling out of each of two things by the other. the arguments negate each other annul suggests making ineffective or nonexistent often by legal or official action. the treaty annuls all previous agreements abrogate is like annul but more definitely implies a legal or official act. a law to abrogate trading privileges invalidate implies making something powerless or unacceptable by declaration of its logical or moral or legal unsoundness. the court invalidated the statute

Examples of negate in a Sentence

The fact that she lied about her work experience negated the contract. a verb that is negated by “not”

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Then leave your gas cap unlocked and pay a $7 service fee and the company will fill you up, negating the need to drive to the gas station. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "There's a Real Startup Launching the 'Always Sunny' Gas-Selling Scheme," 19 May 2015 China will almost certainly inject its own money into the local economy as part of a stimulus program, the IMF noted, which could negate the decline in growth. Alex Ward, Vox, "China’s record trade surplus with the US shows Trump’s strategy is “failing”," 12 Oct. 2018 Pipeline expansion negates necessary climate action. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "12 Activists Blocked an Oil Tanker Transporting From the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline in Canada," 6 Sep. 2018 These and other slips mar her account but do not negate the powerful stories of ordinary people—children, brides, farmers, soldiers, nurses, doctors—that form the heart of her book. William F. Bynum, WSJ, "‘Pandemic 1918’ and ‘Influenza’ Review: Fire, Ice or Virus?," 4 Jan. 2019 This doesn’t negate the fact that the interview with Drew Barrimoor [sic] which took place in New York is genuine &far from fake. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Is This Wildly Bizarre Drew Barrymore Interview Fake or Not?," 3 Oct. 2018 This decision effectively negates a three-judge panel’s conclusion last summer, which stated several district lines were unconstitutional, intentionally discriminating against minority voters. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Supreme Court Upholds District Lines in Texas," 25 June 2018 While nothing would fix the damage done to the country if Roe were overturned, Whitmer as governor would at least be able to negate the damage by getting the 1931 law repealed. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Why Gretchen Whitmer's Bid for Governor Should Be Important to Every Woman," 17 Oct. 2018 When its leadership decided to modify its plan and walk back its price increase, the company may have negated any cancellations as a way to retain its subscribers. Nick Statt, The Verge, "MoviePass is opting some users into its new plan even after they cancel," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of negate

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for negate

borrowed from Latin negātus, past participle of negāre "to say (with the negative of a conjoined clause), deny, withhold, say no," delocutive derivative of nec "no, not" — more at neglect entry 1

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negate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of negate

formal
: to cause (something) to not be effective
grammar : to make (a word or phrase) negative

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