[ ni-geyt, neg-eyt ]
/ nɪˈgeɪt, ˈnɛg eɪt /
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verb (used with object), ne·gat·ed, ne·gat·ing.
to deny the existence, evidence, or truth of: an investigation tending to negate any supernatural influences.
to nullify or cause to be ineffective: Progress on the study has been negated by the lack of funds.
verb (used without object), ne·gat·ed, ne·gat·ing.
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Origin of negate
1615–25; <Latin negātus (past participle of negāre to deny, refuse), equivalent to neg- (variant of nec not; see neglect) + -ā- theme vowel + -tus past participle suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM negatene·ga·tor, ne·gat·er, nounre·ne·gate, verb (used with object), re·ne·gat·ed, re·ne·gat·ing.self-ne·gat·ing, adjectiveun·ne·gat·ed, adjective
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How to use negate in a sentence
I am young enough to have been annoyed, and altogether eject and renegate the whole idea of political affairs.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for negate
/ (nɪˈɡeɪt) /
to make ineffective or void; nullify; invalidate
to deny or contradict
Derived forms of negatenegator or negater, noun
Word Origin for negate
C17: from Latin negāre, from neg-, variant of nec not + aio I say
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