de·ny | \ di-ˈnī , 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 \-ˈnī-iŋ-lē \ adverb

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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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The leadership of both FCA and the union have denied the case was indicative of widespread corruption, saying it was instead limited to a few bad actors. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Widow of UAW VP Holiefield gets 18 months in federal corruption case," 13 July 2018 BlackBerry has denied any involvement in the proceedings, and the DEA declined to comment because some litigation related to the Krokos investigation remains ongoing. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "How the US Government Secretly Sold 'Spy Phones' to Suspects," 13 July 2018 Hill has repeatedly denied all of the allegations and has rejected calls to step down. Billy Kobin, Indianapolis Star, "Governor's office halts auto-tweet policy after criticism of link to Curtis Hill statement," 13 July 2018 Manafort's attorneys have denied the tampering allegations and appealed his detention. Rachel Weiner,, "Paul Manafort moves to Alexandria jail, a past home to spies and terrorists," 12 July 2018 Since the verdict, Judge Howard has denied a motion by the county to set aside the judgment. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Judge turns down Harford's request to waive bond in $45 million rubblefill judgment appeal," 12 July 2018 After an internal inquiry, the administration quietly terminated Tyndall in 2017 and gave him a payout (Tyndall has denied any wrongdoing), leading to accusations of a cover-up. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "Can USC Survive Scandal and Shed Its Spoiled-Kid Reputation Once and For All?," 10 July 2018 Trump has denied all of the allegations against him. Felicia Sonmez,, "Trump mocks #MeToo movement in Montana rally," 6 July 2018 The police have denied any involvement in that attack. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, "U.S. Imposes Sanctions on 3 Top Nicaraguan Officials After Violent Crackdown," 5 July 2018

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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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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)


de·ny | \ di-ˈnī \
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

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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