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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Rich Zelasko insisted the late arbitrator's ruling should be set aside, but the appeals court said that sudden passing didn't negate a proper ruling. NBC News, "Michigan man ordered to pay $15 million in lottery winnings to ex-wife," 21 June 2019 Michel Aoun says, however, that his country's participation doesn't negate its right to separately work out with Syria ways to regulate the return of Syrian refugees from Lebanon, while others seek lasting political solutions. Fox News, "Lebanon to attend Russia-backed talks on Syria," 19 June 2019 Michel Aoun says, however, that his country’s participation doesn’t negate its right to separately work out with Syria ways to regulate the return of Syrian refugees from Lebanon, while others seek lasting political solutions. Washington Post, "Lebanon to attend Russia-backed talks on Syria," 19 June 2019 Failure to obtain necessary documents does not negate the Terms and Conditions, and any extra costs incurred for rerouting a Participant due to travel without the necessary document will be the Participant’s responsibility. National Geographic, "Africa by Private Jet - 2020 Departure," 19 Apr. 2019 Megan Crews, a librarian in the Catonsville branch of the public library system, said reading just six books — of just about any length, and on any topic — can negate that negative effect. Libby Solomon,, "Stopping the summer slide: Baltimore County libraries offer downtime reading program," 18 June 2019 Chile did not threaten the U.S. goal often, but did have a goal negated by an offside call in the first half. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "USWNT beats Chile 3-0, advances to World Cup knockout stage," 16 June 2019 West Ham have a very good goalkeeper in the shape of Lukasz Fabianski, which pretty much negates the need to waste money on signing another very good goalkeeper., "Transfer Rumours: Stoke Eye Up Hart, Wolves Rule Out Rondon, Man Utd Lead Race for Fernandes & More," 14 June 2019 Is there a way to solve the reach issue, to negate the time zone challenge? Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Pac-12 football: The Hotline’s most radical schedule suggestion yet (play early … very early)," 6 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of negate

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

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