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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.
  1. 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 formsde·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 confuseddeny disapprove disprove rebut refute

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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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of denying

  • Do not show yourselves ungrateful to the Corn by denying her servants their wages.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • He had felt a moral superiority in denying the implied bad habits.


    W. A. Fraser

  • A weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for denying


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

Word Origin for deny

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

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