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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In the past, the government has denied accusations of systematic torture, blaming specific cases on isolated excesses committed by rank-and-file agents. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "Venezuela’s Maduro Cracks Down on His Own Military in Bid to Retain Power," 13 Aug. 2019 As the New York Times reports, the city has long denied that there is a lead problem in the city’s water. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Newark To Provide Bottled Water To Residents Amid Water Crisis," 12 Aug. 2019 The British royal family and Prince Andrew have repeatedly denied her claims. Anchorage Daily News, "Court filings describe system Jeffrey Epstein allegedly used to procure girls," 10 Aug. 2019 Until mid-2015 German governments had simply denied the genocide. Quartz Africa, "Even after acknowledging the Namibia genocide of WWI, Germany still hasn’t learned the key lesson," 10 Aug. 2019 Austin, the longtime alderman of the 34th Ward, has not been charged with any crime and has denied wrongdoing. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Federal prosecutors subpoenaed State Board of Elections for Ald. Carrie Austin’s campaign committee information, records show," 6 Aug. 2019 The actor has denied the allegations, and settled the suits out of court for undisclosed amounts. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Casey Affleck Addresses Sexual Misconduct Allegations: 'The Best Thing to Do Was Just Be Quiet'," 6 Aug. 2019 When data like this is presented, it cannot be denied that deadnaming a transgender person is pure violence. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "The Complicated Benefits of Coming Out," 5 Aug. 2019 The two have long denied a romance, but paparazzi and fans seem to keep catching them in some serious PDA sessions. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes Deletes Social Media After Camila Cabello Make-out Pictures Surface," 2 Aug. 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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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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