Definition of negate in English:


Line breaks: neg¦ate
Pronunciation: /nɪˈgeɪt


[with object]
  • 2 Logic & Grammar Make (a clause, sentence, or proposition) negative in meaning.
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    • What we did there was just negate the A. We wanted to negate the whole sentence.
    • In some English dialects, after all, a double negative reinforces a negative, it doesn't negate it.
    • I've suggested that Rice's utterance is unlikely to be function-free, and also that it's unlikely to have been used to question, negate, or contradict.


early 17th century (in sense 1, sense 3): from Latin negat- 'denied', from the verb negare.

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