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

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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Patrick Surtain’s interception on the first drive was negated by a substitution infraction -- the first of 11 Tide penalties for 92 yards Saturday. Michael Casagrande |, al, " instant analysis: How Alabama finished off South Carolina on wild day," 14 Sep. 2019 Against Eastern Michigan, Kentucky had one touchdown called back on a holding penalty and another negated by a goal-line fumble. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Mark Stoops: Terry Wilson's injury does not change goals for Kentucky football," 8 Sep. 2019 Their two-point run was negated on a penalty, but Sauter found Isaac Jones on a trick-play pass for a second try. Pat Stoetzer,, "Football: Francis Scott Key can’t hold lead in opener, Poly prevails," 7 Sep. 2019 The rise in young people identifying as LGBTQ doesn’t negate the rise of intolerance. Nadia Suleman, Time, "Young Americans Are Increasingly 'Uncomfortable' With LGBTQ Community, GLAAD Study Shows," 25 June 2019 Forty-seven of them were more efficient than Wiggins (49% true shooting), which effectively negates the point of him getting so many shots in the first place. Rob Mahoney,, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 Newer research shows that our bodies can adjust to caffeine, which negates its diuretic effect—as long as [intake is] consistent and not excessive. Maggie O'neill,, "How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day? Experts Weigh In," 27 Aug. 2019 There is also some chance that the whole day ends up cloudier and rainier, which would negate the severe risk somewhat and perhaps keep highs in the 80s. Rick Grow, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Heat and humidity crank up today, with strong storms possible Tuesday," 12 Aug. 2019 But Estevez’s messy outing, which followed a solid four-out performance by southpaw Jake McGee, negated those winning vibes in LoDo. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Carlos Estevez sparks Colorado’s latest bullpen implosion, negates comeback by fading Rockies in loss to Giants," 3 Aug. 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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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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