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

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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”
Recent Examples on the Web Yet on a hot, dry day, MaRTy measurements showed that a person could feel 4 degrees warmer on the reflective roads as opposed to a normal blacktop, basically negating any heat-limiting factor. Erin Stone, azcentral, "'Cool pavement' experiments help urban planners find ways to ease rising temperatures," 15 May 2020 Some would make patients come to a nearby clinic for teletherapy—thus negating the point of it in the first place. Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, "Why Your Shrink Wasn’t Offering Virtual Therapy Until Now," 12 May 2020 Still, the government plans to extend the nationwide lockdown to April 13, as relaxing rules too early would negate efforts to counter the spread, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Wednesday., "Climate Talks Delayed; China Hid Outbreak’s Extent: Virus Update," 1 Apr. 2020 The lawmakers said allowing transgender athletes on girls’ and women’s teams would negate nearly 50 years of progress women have made since the 1972 federal legislation credited with opening up sports to female athletes. USA TODAY, "Native Hawaiian princess, beer bandits, flaming hand sanitizer: News from around our 50 states," 11 Mar. 2020 Dumars turned a blind eye to signs that the NBA was changing dramatically, with the explosion of 3-point shooting and quick pace negating the value of slow-footed big men who either couldn't shoot or defend. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons: Solving the greatest 'What ifs' of the 2010s," 30 Dec. 2019 But this time, the late-game dramatics were negated. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Russell Wilson works his magic in 2011 Big Ten title game," 19 Apr. 2020 Cooper had one third-quarter catch negated by a penalty on left tackle Tyron Smith and a 20-yard reception on fourth-and-11 in the fourth quarter overturned on replay. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Patriots' defense rains out Cowboys' comeback effort," 24 Nov. 2019 Two touchdowns and a turnover negated by penalties. oregonlive, "Houston Texans vs Los Angeles Chargers: Live score updates, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 22 Sep. 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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The first known use of negate was circa 1623

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26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Negate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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