Definition of deny
1 : to declare untrue <deny an allegation>
2 : to refuse to admit or acknowledge : disavow <deny responsibility>
3 a : to give a negative answer to <denying the petitioners> b : to refuse to grant <deny a request> c : to restrain (oneself) from gratification of desires
4 archaic : decline
5 : to refuse to accept the existence, truth, or validity of
denyinglyplay \-ˈnī-iŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of deny in a sentence
He denied the report that he would be quitting his job.
She denies all the charges that have been made against her.
The police deny that racism is a problem in the department.
Yes, I was there. I don't deny it.
The judge denied their request.
a government that denies its citizens basic freedoms
Origin and Etymology of deny
Middle English, from Anglo-French deneier, denier, from Latin denegare, from de- + negare to deny — more at negate
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of deny
DENY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deny for English Language Learners
: to say that something is not true
: to refuse to accept or admit (something)
: to refuse to give (something) to someone : to prevent someone from having or receiving (something)
DENY Defined for Kids
Definition of deny for Students
1 : to declare not to be true <“Well, they were a lazy lot—that much you can't deny.” — Mary Norton, The Borrowers>
2 : to refuse to grant <deny a request>
3 : to refuse to admit <deny guilt>
Word Root of deny
The Latin word negāre, meaning “to deny” or “to say no,” and its form negātus give us the root neg. Words from the Latin negāre have something to do with saying no. Anything negative, such as a reply to a question, denies something or responds by saying no. To renege is to go back on, or deny, an agreement or promise. Even the last letters of deny, to declare something to be false, come from negāre.
Legal Definition of deny
1 : to declare untrue <a party must…admit or deny the allegations — Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 8(b)> — compare avoid
2 : to refuse to grant <denied the motion for a new trial>
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