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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But even so, some forests in the mid-latitudes may at times emit enough methane to negate the methane-absorbing capacity of their soils, turning their ecosystems from net methane sinks to net sources, says Megonigal. Fred Pearce, WIRED, "Trees Emit a Surprisingly Large Amount of Methane," 9 July 2019 Spurs capture of Tanguy Ndombele may negate the need for another big-money midfield addition unless Christian Eriksen leaves, while Liverpool's chances of splashing the cash this year are remote., "Bruno Fernandes Agent Travels to England to 'Hear Proposals' From Man Utd, Liverpool & Tottenham," 3 July 2019 Built into this stream of defenses is the assertion that Biden’s feelings of comfort and appropriateness should negate Flores’ feelings of discomfort and unease. Glamour, "What Lucy Flores Can Teach Us About How We Value Women’s Feelings," 3 Apr. 2019 The goal stood after lengthy video review to determine whether an offside Lloyd, who did not touch the ball, should negate the goal. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "USWNT defeats Sweden 2-0, wins group and sets another Women’s World Cup record," 2 Aug. 2018 Get a feeling for Lindsey as the primary RB backup or Evans signing negates that? Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Sporting KC notes on striker search, projected starting XI, more | The Kansas City Star," 14 Feb. 2018 Rich Zelasko insisted the late arbitrator's ruling should be set aside, but the appeals court said that sudden passing didn't negate a proper ruling. NBC News, "Michigan man ordered to pay $15 million in lottery winnings to ex-wife," 21 June 2019 Michel Aoun says, however, that his country's participation doesn't negate its right to separately work out with Syria ways to regulate the return of Syrian refugees from Lebanon, while others seek lasting political solutions. Fox News, "Lebanon to attend Russia-backed talks on Syria," 19 June 2019 Michel Aoun says, however, that his country’s participation doesn’t negate its right to separately work out with Syria ways to regulate the return of Syrian refugees from Lebanon, while others seek lasting political solutions. Washington Post, "Lebanon to attend Russia-backed talks on Syria," 19 June 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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