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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Recent Examples on the Web But both PanEco and PT NSHE deny there was any sinister influence. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "A dam threatens the world’s rarest ape. Why are some conservationists suddenly on board?," 10 Sep. 2019 Prosecutors asked a judge to deny him bail, records show. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Man's body left in Houston dumpster, suspect charged with murder," 9 Sep. 2019 But the city of Goodyear denied that claim — four times, in fact. Molly Duerig, azcentral, "‘Heart of a warrior’: Family, firefighters pay tribute to Goodyear fire Engineer Austin Peck," 7 Sep. 2019 Criticism flared again after the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species in 1859, when naturalists who accepted evolution were accused of denying God. Smithsonian, "The Hard-Drinking Early Smithsonian Naturalists of the Megatherium Club," 4 Sep. 2019 The costume upset another traveler; reportedly, fisticuffs resulted (subsequent reports cast doubts on some aspects of this story, and the line itself denies the clown outfit). Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cruise Ship Etiquette Tips: A Primer For Before You Sail," 4 Sep. 2019 However, the vast majority of people who apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness have been denied. David J. Nguyen, The Conversation, "5 things to consider before taking out a student loan," 28 Aug. 2019 Unfortunately, Russian officials continue to play diplomatic games with this sincere effort and have denied me entrance to Russia. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ron Johnson says Russia denied him a visa to enter the country as part of a congressional delegation," 26 Aug. 2019 The tensions roiling the Persian Gulf escalated following the attack on major Saudi oil sites that U.S. alleged Iran was responsible for — charges that Tehran denies. Washington Post, "The Latest: Saudis to invite global experts to investigate," 18 Sep. 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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More Definitions for deny

deny

verb
How to pronounce deny (audio)

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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