Definition of deny
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 petitionersb : to refuse to grant deny a request was denied a refundc : 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.
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
Recent Examples of deny from the Web
Zinke proceeded to order reevaluations of the permits denied under Obama.
The ruling party has denied that violence has increased.
Yet, despite recurrences of patient harm, nursing homes are rarely denied Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.
A Mexican immigration official confirmed to local media that the women had been detained but denied that they had been treated poorly by officers.
While in later years Jefferson’s family denied his paternity, Heming’s children maintained they were fathered by Jefferson throughout their lives.
With little fanfare, a House Appropriations subcommittee added a provision that would deny money to the IRS to enforce the 63-year-old law to a bill to fund the Treasury Department, Securities and Exchange Commission and other agencies.
Under the settlement agreement signed June 20, the cabinet denies any liability but agreed to pay Heyman $225,000.
DBi has denied the counterfeit allegations in court filings, and the Cabanas’ lawyers have challenged the federal court’s jurisdiction, Politico Florida reported.
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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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