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 withhold (someone) from accessibility to a visitor: The secretary denied his employer to all those without appointments.
Obsolete. to refuse to take or accept.
Idioms about deny
deny oneself, to refrain from satisfying one's desires or needs; practice self-denial.
- de·ny·ing·ly, adverb
- pre·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.
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How to use deny in a sentence
A Pentagon spokesperson didn’t deny Garrison’s pending appointment but said, “Bishop Garrison is not, as of right now, an employee of the DoD, so we will not comment on that.”The Pentagon is taking a major step to deal with its diversity problems | Alex Ward | February 12, 2021 | Vox
Snyder and Michael have denied any knowledge of the videos, copies of which were obtained by The Post.Former cheerleaders settle with Washington Football Team as program’s future is in doubt | Beth Reinhard | February 10, 2021 | Washington Post
Cuban denied to The Post a report from the Athletic, the first to break the story, that the organization had decided not to play “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the American Airlines Center moving forward.The Dallas Mavericks will resume playing the national anthem before games | Timothy Bella | February 10, 2021 | Washington Post
Stebbins has denied any wrongdoing and has filed a wrongful termination suit against the agency.Utility Companies Owe Millions to This State Regulatory Agency. The Problem? The Agency Can’t Track What It’s Owed. | by Scott Morris, Bay City News Foundation | February 10, 2021 | ProPublica
Steve Schmidt, in a phone interview last week with the Blade, denied the Lincoln Project had “any knowledge of any misconduct by John Weaver” until January.Lincoln Project’s avowed ignorance of Weaver texts undercut by leaked communications | Chris Johnson | February 9, 2021 | Washington Blade
Of course, to call out pinkwashing is not to deny the facts.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline | Jay Michaelson | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Through a spokesperson, Klaus does not deny that he and Cato parted ways.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute | James Kirchick | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In any case, the narrative resonance of all this is impossible to deny.
Representatives of both Dr. Luke and Lady Gaga were quick to deny these allegations.
But ISIS sympathizers quickly took to social media to deny the story.
For my part, I scarcely know what to say; inasmuch as I do not care either to affirm or deny a thing of which I have no proof.
Now, a different plan it might have been; but one leading to a more satisfactory result, I must take the liberty to deny.
If Paul ever lived, which none can prove and many deny, his evidence for the Resurrection was only hearsay evidence.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
No one could deny that Government had yielded in the face of noisy clamor and forcible resistance.The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
The Company, we understand, strenuously deny the necessity of these alternatives.
British Dictionary definitions for deny
to declare (an assertion, statement, etc) to be untrue: he 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 of: it is hard to deny a child
to refuse to acknowledge or recognize; disown; disavow: the baron denied his wicked son
to refuse (oneself) things desired
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