[ dih-nahy ]
/ dɪˈnaɪ /

verb (used with object), de·nied, de·ny·ing.


    deny oneself, to refrain from satisfying one's desires or needs; practice self-denial.

Origin of deny

1250–1300; Middle English denien < Old French denier < Latin dēnegāre. See denegation

Related forms

de·ny·ing·ly, adverbpre·de·ny, verb (used with object), pre·de·nied, pre·de·ny··de·ny, verb (used with object), re·de·nied, re·de·ny·ing.un·de·nied, adjective

Can be confused

deny disapprove disprove rebut refute

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for deny


/ (dɪˈnaɪ) /

verb -nies, -nying or -nied (tr)

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 for deny

C13: from Old French denier, from Latin dēnegāre, from negāre
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