negate

verb ne·gate \ ni-ˈgāt \

Definition of negate

negated; negating
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.

negate

noun

negator

play \ni-ˈgā-tər\ noun

Examples of negate in a Sentence

  1. The fact that she lied about her work experience negated the contract.

  2. a verb that is negated by “not”

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Origin and Etymology of negate

Latin negatus, past participle of negare to say no, deny, from neg- no, not (akin to ne- not) — more at no

Synonym Discussion of 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

NEGATE Defined for English Language Learners

negate

verb

Definition of negate for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (something) to not be effective

  • grammar : to make (a word or phrase) negative



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