- Abnegate means to release or to let go.
An example of abnegate is when a fisherman throws a fish back in the water after catching it.
- The definition of abnegate is to not allow yourself something.
An example of the abnegate is when someone gives something up for Lent.
To abnegate is to release this fish.
transitive verbab·ne·gat·ed, ab·ne·gat·ing, ab·ne·gates
- To give up (rights or a claim, for example); renounce.
- To deny (something) to oneself: The minister abnegated the luxuries of life.
Origin of abnegateLatin abnegāre, abnegāt-, to refuse : ab-, away; see ab–1 + negāre, to deny; see ne in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present abnegates, present participle abnegating, simple past and past participle abnegated)