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 negate (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”
Recent Examples on the Web The change in the law, however, came too late to negate the fine for the 2018 promotions. Fox News, "Paris mayor mocks $110G 'gender parity' fine for promoting too many women: 'Absurd'," 21 Dec. 2020 The sustainable fuel program may be tougher to navigate if a traveler wants to negate emissions from an individual flight. Lauren Zumbach,, "Got ‘flight shame’? United gives passengers the option to buy sustainable jet fuel to help air travel go green," 13 Apr. 2021 The federal deduction for state taxes represents a core commitment of progressive government going back to its inception, namely the drive to negate the vital competition between state governments. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "‘Stuffing Their Mouths with Gold’ — Selling the Biden/Yellen Tax Cartel," 10 Apr. 2021 In addition to Alabama, Republicans in many states are sponsoring bills to try to negate any new gun restrictions approved by Congress and the Biden administration, the Associated Press reported. Mike Cason |, al, "Alabama lawmakers take sides in national debate over gun rights," 27 Mar. 2021 But people want to negate the fact that with climate change and climate issues, what happens is there's going to be a huge influx of human migration. Talia Smith, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nomzamo Mbatha Says It’s Not Just About Getting a Seat at the Table, It’s About Building Your Own Room," 19 Mar. 2021 King is of Panamanian descent, but as history shows, Latinx folks and Hollywood will not see this as a Latinx win, and in this denial, will continue to negate the presence and nuance of Blackness in Latinidad. Alondra Perez,, "White Latinidad Is Not The Representation Win Hollywood Thinks It Is," 16 Mar. 2021 Due to the clod snap, areas on the Texas coast were closed to fishing earlier this week while an arctic blast swept much of the state as officials moved to negate the effect the freeze may have on fish stocks. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, "Winter weather impacts fish, sea turtles, other wildlife along Texas coasts," 18 Feb. 2021 Texas’ request amounts to asking the high court to negate more than 10 million ballots, and blocking 62 electoral votes awarded to Biden because of his wins in those states. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Trump says he’ll join Texas lawsuit asking Supreme Court to block 62 Biden electors from four states," 9 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of negate was circa 1623

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7 May 2021

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“Negate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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