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abnegate

ab·ne·gate

abnegate

 
pronunciation:
aeb n geIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: abnegates, abnegating, abnegated
definition 1: to surrender (a right or privilege); renounce.
Since he's renounced his citizenship, he has also abnegated his right to vote.
synonyms:
surrender
similar words:
renounce
definition 2: to give up; relinquish.
When she became a nun, she abnegated a life of comfort and ease.
derivations: abnegation (n.), abnegator (n.)
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The word abnegate contains the following parts:
ab-, abs- Latin prefix that means from, away from
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Most words containing the prefix ab- , abs- are Latin loanwords, so the bases are Latin roots. ab- becomes abs- before bases beginning with "t," such as "tract."
neg Latin root that means no
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-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).