ne·​gate | \ni-ˈgāt \
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 \ noun

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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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The move negates the trade from earlier this offseason, and Oakland keeps its seventh round pick. Charlotte Carroll,, "Raiders Waive Quarterback Christian Hackenberg Three Weeks After Trade," 12 June 2018 Look for the Scots to frequently double-pole the wings to try and negate Frankhouser’s advantage. Wells Dusenbury,, "State lacrosse preview: 10 things to watch for with St. Andrew's, Jupiter and American Heritage-Delray," 10 May 2018 Cheese-laden tots turn mushy, thus negating the entire crispy point of tots. Paula Forbes, GQ, "You’re a grown-up now. Keep a bag of tots in the freezer.," 13 Apr. 2018 Commitments last when a couple's respect and affection for each other negate most of those temptations, and when their maturity and impulse control are sufficient to withstand the rest. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Trust comes between high school sweethearts heading to college," 31 Jan. 2018 But in its decades of service the Warthog has yet to operate in an environment where the U.S. has not enjoyed air superiority, largely negating that disadvantage. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "Why the A-10 Warthog Is Such a Badass Plane," 19 Nov. 2016 Some observers contend those circumstances negate the traditional signal sent by a flattening yield curve. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "Behind the Flattening Yield Curve: Fed Rate Increases and Tariff Fights," 5 July 2018 Points for including Tom Hiddleston as Loki (my favorite character in the whole universe) negated for including the Convergence and the Dark Elves. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "We rank every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from worst to best," 6 July 2018 For generations, both sides of the conflict have been locked in competing, mutually negating narratives, with only sporadic flickers of hope for peace despite the efforts of a long list of presidents and secretaries of state. New York Times, "Killings in Gaza, New Embassy in Jerusalem, and Peace as Distant as Ever," 14 May 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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The first known use of negate was circa 1623

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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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