negate

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verb ne·gate \ni-ˈgāt\

Definition of negate

negated

negating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to deny the existence or truth of

  3. 2 :  to cause to be ineffective or invalid

negate

noun

negator

play \-ˈgā-tər\ noun

Examples of negate in a sentence

  1. The fact that she lied about her work experience negated the contract.

  2. a verb that is negated by not

Origin and Etymology of negate

Latin negatus, past participle of negare to say no, deny, from neg- no, not (akin to ne- not) — more at no


First Known Use: circa 1623

Synonym Discussion of 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>.

NEGATE Defined for English Language Learners

negate

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verb ne·gate \ni-ˈgāt\

Definition of negate for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (something) to not be effective

  • grammar : to make (a word or phrase) negative



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