deny

verb
de·​ny | \ di-ˈnī How to pronounce deny (audio) , dē-\
denied; denying

Definition of deny

transitive verb

1 : to declare untrue denied the allegation
2 : to refuse to admit or acknowledge : disavow denied responsibility for the vandalism
3a : to give a negative answer to denying the petitioners
b : to refuse to grant deny a request was denied a refund
c : to restrain (oneself) from gratification of desires deny himself the foods that he loves
4 archaic : decline
5 : to refuse to accept the existence, truth, or validity of There's no denying her expertise. You can't deny that he's a good singer.

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Other Words from deny

denyingly \ di-​ˈnī-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce denyingly (audio) , dē-​ \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for deny

deny, gainsay, contradict, contravene mean to refuse to accept as true or valid. deny implies a firm refusal to accept as true, to grant or concede, or to acknowledge the existence or claims of. denied the charges gainsay implies disputing the truth of what another has said. no one can gainsay her claims contradict implies an open or flat denial. her account contradicts his contravene implies not so much an intentional opposition as some inherent incompatibility. laws that contravene tradition

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
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At the meeting, the daughter of a woman whose remains were handled by Lambert's crematory in 2011 pleaded with the board to deny his funeral-home license. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Ex-funeral director accused of stacking containers of bodies still owns Arizona funeral home," 17 July 2019 On Tuesday, that was enough for Superior Court Judge David Fields to grant prosecutors’ request to deny the possibility of bail to Garcia. Los Angeles Times, "Citing new evidence, judge angrily denies bail for leader of La Luz del Mundo church," 16 July 2019 After reports surfaced that The Jacks threatend to sue the Blues, the bar released a statement on its Facebook page to deny the allegations. Jenna West, SI.com, "Report: Philadelphia Bar Seeks Cut From 'Play Gloria' Merchandise Profits," 16 July 2019 Attorneys disagree whether school impact concerns are a legal reason to deny the zoning application. Julia Fair, Cincinnati.com, "Ft. Mitchell: Controversial apartment complex rejected," 15 July 2019 The National Police Association denies that assertion. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Lawsuit targets 2 police officers. The plaintiff? The National Police Association.," 15 July 2019 The tooth decay, tangled hair, and body odor that can come from being denied access to basic resources is a crimson flag waved in front of a bull with a billy club. Kim Kelly, Allure, "Angels With Dirty Faces," 12 July 2019 The council on Wednesday voted 4-1 to deny Gibson’s appeal, allowing the project to move forward. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul City Council approves contested four-plex on Grand Avenue," 10 July 2019 In my view, the answer, however, is not to deny people the freedom to change orders. Anya Samek, The Conversation, "Selecting groceries ahead of time helps some shoppers make healthier choices," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of deny

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deny

Middle English, from Anglo-French deneier, denier, from Latin denegare, from de- + negare to deny — more at negate

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The first known use of deny was in the 14th century

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deny

verb

English Language Learners Definition of deny

: 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

verb
de·​ny | \ di-ˈnī How to pronounce deny (audio) \
denied; denying

Kids Definition of deny

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
de·​ny
denied; denying

Legal Definition of deny

1 : to declare untrue a party must…admit or deny the allegationsFederal 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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