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 But this time, the interception was negated by an offside penalty on Crosby. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders beat Chargers 26-24 on Jacobs’ TD, defensive stand," 7 Nov. 2019 But that momentum-turning success was negated by a borderline roughing-the-passer call against Nick Williams for shoving Wentz in the back a beat after the quarterback’s incomplete throw to Mack Hollins was away. Dan Wiederer,, "Column: The Bears are a last-place team because their offense is a disaster. But a once-special defense is now just merely decent.," 4 Nov. 2019 His strong transition effort led to three, but they were effectively negated by a trio of turnovers. Daniel Dash, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball has changed a lot in 2019, but here's what's the same: Zavier Simpson," 2 Nov. 2019 Broncos 3, Colts 0 Ben Banogu's 3rd-down sack is negated by a Khari Willis hold. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Game blog: Colts beat Broncos 15-13 with last-minute field goal," 27 Oct. 2019 That was eventually negated by Huntsville quarterback Matthew Southern finding Tyrique Carter on 7-yard and 19-yard scores, respectively. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Strong second-half pushes Paetow past Huntsville for playoff spot," 26 Oct. 2019 The play was negated by a penalty on center Zach Shackelford, but Ehlinger still saved Texas (5-2,4-1 Big 12) a down and kept the clock paused. Nick Moyle,, "How QB Sam Ehlinger’s ability to remain calm in crisis saved Texas from a loss to Kansas," 22 Oct. 2019 Lower residential parking requirements are appropriate to attract single-car families, but must not be negated by elimination of the overnight parking ban., "Who are the City Council candidates in Newton’s Ward 3?," 22 Oct. 2019 Starting at the Broncos’ 16, Lindsay ran three consecutive times (one negated by a penalty). Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Mailbag: Despite two straight wins, a call for more Andy Janovich," 15 Oct. 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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11 Nov 2019

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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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