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

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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”

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While nothing would fix the damage done to the country if Roe were overturned, Whitmer as governor would at least be able to negate the damage by getting the 1931 law repealed. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Why Gretchen Whitmer's Bid for Governor Should Be Important to Every Woman," 17 Oct. 2018 When its leadership decided to modify its plan and walk back its price increase, the company may have negated any cancellations as a way to retain its subscribers. Nick Statt, The Verge, "MoviePass is opting some users into its new plan even after they cancel," 14 Aug. 2018 Fantasy owners always underrate him as a passer and seem to negate his value as a runner. Eddie Brown,, "Fantasy Football 2018: Cleveland Browns Preview," 4 July 2018 The team’s charm might remain, but their Bostonness— and the reputation of the fans who root for them—will negate it for most of the country. Charlotte Wilder,, "America Would Love These Celtics if They Weren’t From Boston," 17 May 2018 Then, the treadmills would negate that motion, imperceptibly moving you back into place. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Google is patenting a pair of motorized VR roller skates," 20 Nov. 2018 Cost-benefit analyses are intended to help agencies prioritize and rationalize regulation, but including puffed up co-benefits negates this purpose and is neither rational nor appropriate. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A New Cost-Benefit Regulation Test," 1 Oct. 2018 But the Thorns have negated that good effort by consistently giving away goals through big and avoidable errors. Jamie Goldberg,, "Emily Menges returning to backline at critical moment for Portland Thorns defense," 17 May 2018 Moderate northwesterly winds may blow at times, but the strong August-like sunshine helps negate. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Rain ending this morning, but we could see a few more showers through the weekend," 27 Apr. 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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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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