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.

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”
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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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“Negate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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