Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

deny

[dih-nahy]
See more synonyms for deny on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with object), de·nied, de·ny·ing.
  1. to state that (something declared or believed to be true) is not true: to deny an accusation.
  2. to refuse to agree or accede to: to deny a petition.
  3. to withhold the possession, use, or enjoyment of: to deny access to secret information.
  4. to withhold something from, or refuse to grant a request of: to deny a beggar.
  5. to refuse to recognize or acknowledge; disown; disavow; repudiate: to deny one's gods.
  6. to withhold (someone) from accessibility to a visitor: The secretary denied his employer to all those without appointments.
  7. Obsolete. to refuse to take or accept.
Show More
Idioms
  1. deny oneself, to refrain from satisfying one's desires or needs; practice self-denial.
Show More

Origin of deny

1250–1300; Middle English denien < Old French denier < Latin dēnegāre. See denegation
Related formsde·ny·ing·ly, adverbpre·de·ny, verb (used with object), pre·de·nied, pre·de·ny·ing.re·de·ny, verb (used with object), re·de·nied, re·de·ny·ing.un·de·nied, adjective
Can be confuseddeny disapprove disprove rebut refute

Synonyms for deny

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com

Synonym study

1. Deny, contradict both imply objecting to or arguing against something. To deny is to say that something is not true: to deny an allegation. To contradict is to declare that the contrary is true: to contradict a statement.

Antonyms for deny

1. admit, accept. 3. allow.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for deny

refuse, revoke, refute, contradict, withhold, oppose, reject, ban, rebuff, repudiate, disbelieve, curb, negate, exclude, disown, forgo, abjure, negative, forbid, discredit

Examples from the Web for deny

Contemporary Examples of deny

Historical Examples of deny


British Dictionary definitions for deny

deny

verb -nies, -nying or -nied (tr)
  1. to declare (an assertion, statement, etc) to be untruehe denied that he had killed her
  2. to reject as false; refuse to accept or believe
  3. to withhold; refuse to give
  4. to refuse to fulfil the requests or expectations ofit is hard to deny a child
  5. to refuse to acknowledge or recognize; disown; disavowthe baron denied his wicked son
  6. to refuse (oneself) things desired
Show More

Word Origin for deny

C13: from Old French denier, from Latin dēnegāre, from negāre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for deny

v.

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper