- 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.
abnegate definition by Webster's New World
- abnegator noun
abnegate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb ab·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: Latin abnegāre, abnegāt-, to refuse : ab-, away; see ab-1 + negāre, to deny; see ne in Indo-European roots.
- abˈne·gaˌtor noun