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

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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From the start, Hinds set out to negate any hierarchy between fan and band, as though making amends for their own experience. Eve Barlow, GQ, "15 Hours With Hinds, Spain's Wildest Rock Band," 25 June 2018 That's a troubling progression, even if development as a rebounder and distributor helped negate some of the shooting backsliding. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons NBA draft grades: Analysts give thumbs up," 22 June 2018 The ball went into the back of the net and the fans went wild—only for an offsides whistle to negate the goal, a call that was confirmed by video review. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Spain Overcomes Iran’s Stubborn Defense in the World Cup," 20 June 2018 President Donald Trump has vigorously sought to negate his predecessor's health law. NBC News, "Virginia lawmakers approve Medicaid expansion, ending four years of gridlock," 31 May 2018 President Donald Trump has vigorously sought to negate his predecessor's health law. Alan Suderman,, "Virginia lawmakers approve Medicaid expansion," 30 May 2018 The complaint filed in federal court Tuesday by the League of Women Voters seeks to negate a controversial interpretation of Florida's early voting laws by Floprida Secretary of State Ken Detzner. Mark Skoneki,, "Florida lawsuit challenges campus ban on early voting," 22 May 2018 Would Smith still be a Chief if a dubious Eric Fisher holding penalty didn’t negate a potentially game-tying score in their 18-16 divisional-round loss to Pittsburgh in 2016? Terez A. Paylor, kansascity, "Chiefs players spent Wednesday processing the trade of Alex Smith | The Kansas City Star," 31 Jan. 2018 But China’s surprise decision to slash installations is negating those gains, and shares of U.S. manufacturers are plunging. Chris Martin,, "China's Solar Cutback Wiping Out Trump Bump for First Solar," 6 June 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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alleviating pain or harshness

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