- to state that (something declared or believed to be true) is not true: to deny an accusation.
- to refuse to agree or accede to: to deny a petition.
- to withhold the possession, use, or enjoyment of: to deny access to secret information.
- to withhold something from, or refuse to grant a request of: to deny a beggar.
- to refuse to recognize or acknowledge; disown; disavow; repudiate: to deny one's gods.
- to withhold (someone) from accessibility to a visitor: The secretary denied his employer to all those without appointments.
- Obsolete. to refuse to take or accept.
- deny oneself, to refrain from satisfying one's desires or needs; practice self-denial.
Origin of deny
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Examples from the Web for denying
With its growing ubiquity, there is no denying the influence of the sharing economy this holiday.One of a Kind Gifts Are Only a Neighbor Away
December 8, 2014
And there is no denying that Fisher plays a lot of Asteroids.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
Now he says they agreed to work together on ISIS—and Russia is denying it.U.S. and Russia Can’t Agree on Whether They Agreed to Coordinate on ISIS
October 22, 2014
Calpito took to Twitter to to make as nice as possible—while not denying that much.Ariana Grande, This Is How to Be a Diva
October 21, 2014
He quoted from a Politico article noting that Democrats are talking impeachment up while Republicans are denying it.The GOP’s Audacious Impeachment Spin Job
July 30, 2014
Do not show yourselves ungrateful to the Corn by denying her servants their wages.The Trail Book
He had felt a moral superiority in denying the implied bad habits.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
A weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.The Devil's Dictionary
There was no denying it, and they left the cloisters and closed them.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
There was no denying this point, so Wentworth said nothing more.A Woman Intervenes
- to declare (an assertion, statement, etc) to be untruehe denied that he had killed her
- to reject as false; refuse to accept or believe
- to withhold; refuse to give
- to refuse to fulfil the requests or expectations ofit is hard to deny a child
- to refuse to acknowledge or recognize; disown; disavowthe baron denied his wicked son
- to refuse (oneself) things desired
Word Origin and History for denying
early 14c., from Old French denoiir "deny, repudiate, withhold," from Latin denegare "to deny, reject, refuse" (source of Italian dinegarre, Spanish denegar), from de- "away" (see de-) + negare "refuse, say 'no,' " from Old Latin nec "not," from Italic base *nek- "not," from PIE root *ne- "no, not" (see un-). Related: Denied; denying.