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de·ny

 (dĭ-nī′)
tr.v. de·nied, de·ny·ing, de·nies
1. To declare untrue; assert to be false: "A senior officer denied that any sensitive documents had been stored there" (Scott Ritter).
2. To refuse to believe; reject: deny the existence of evil spirits.
3. To refuse to recognize or acknowledge; disavow: The official denied any wrongdoing.
4.
a. To decline to grant or allow; refuse: deny the student's request; denied the prisoner food or water.
b. To give a refusal to; turn down or away: The protesters were determined not to be denied.
c. To restrain (oneself) especially from indulgence in pleasures.

[Middle English denien, from Old French denier, from Latin dēnegāre : dē-, de- + negāre, to say no; see ne in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: deny, contradict, gainsay
These verbs mean to refuse to admit the existence, truth, or value of: denied the rumor; contradicted the statement; trying to gainsay the evidence.
Antonym: affirm

deny

(dɪˈnaɪ)
vb (tr) , -nies, -nying or -nied
1. to declare (an assertion, statement, etc) to be untrue: he 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 of: it is hard to deny a child.
5. to refuse to acknowledge or recognize; disown; disavow: the baron denied his wicked son.
6. to refuse (oneself) things desired
[C13: from Old French denier, from Latin dēnegāre, from negāre]

de•ny

(dɪˈnaɪ)

v.t. -nied, -ny•ing.
1. to state that (something declared) 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 information.
4. to withhold something from, or refuse to grant a request of: to deny a beggar.
5. to refuse to recognize or acknowledge; disavow; repudiate: to deny one's gods.
Idioms:
deny oneself,
a. to refrain from satisfying one's desires.
b. to refuse to indulge oneself in; abstain from.
[1250–1300; < Old French denier < Latin dēnegāre=- de- + negāre to deny]

deny

1. saying that something is not true

If you deny an accusation or a statement, you say that it is not true.

The accused women denied all the charges brought against them.
He denied that he was involved.
Gabriel denied doing anything illegal.

Be Careful!
Deny must be followed by an object, a that-clause, or an -ing form. You say, for example, 'He accused her of stealing, but she denied it'. Don't say 'He accused her of stealing but she denied'.

Be Careful!
If someone answers 'no' to an ordinary question in which they are not accused of anything, don't say that they 'deny' what they are asked. Don't say, for example, 'I asked him if the train had left, and he denied it'. You say 'I asked him if the train had left, and he said no'.

She asked if you'd been in and I said no.
2. refusing to let someone have something

If you deny someone something that they need or want, you refuse to let them have it.

His ex-wife denied him access to his children.
Don't deny yourself pleasure.

Be Careful!
However, if someone says that they will not do something that someone asks them to do, don't say that they 'deny' it. You say that they refuse to do it or refuse.

Three employees were dismissed for refusing to join a union.
We asked them to play a game with us, but they refused.

deny


Past participle: denied
Gerund: denying

Imperative
deny
deny
Present
I deny
you deny
he/she/it denies
we deny
you deny
they deny
Preterite
I denied
you denied
he/she/it denied
we denied
you denied
they denied
Present Continuous
I am denying
you are denying
he/she/it is denying
we are denying
you are denying
they are denying
Present Perfect
I have denied
you have denied
he/she/it has denied
we have denied
you have denied
they have denied
Past Continuous
I was denying
you were denying
he/she/it was denying
we were denying
you were denying
they were denying
Past Perfect
I had denied
you had denied
he/she/it had denied
we had denied
you had denied
they had denied
Future
I will deny
you will deny
he/she/it will deny
we will deny
you will deny
they will deny
Future Perfect
I will have denied
you will have denied
he/she/it will have denied
we will have denied
you will have denied
they will have denied
Future Continuous
I will be denying
you will be denying
he/she/it will be denying
we will be denying
you will be denying
they will be denying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been denying
you have been denying
he/she/it has been denying
we have been denying
you have been denying
they have been denying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been denying
you will have been denying
he/she/it will have been denying
we will have been denying
you will have been denying
they will have been denying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been denying
you had been denying
he/she/it had been denying
we had been denying
you had been denying
they had been denying
Conditional
I would deny
you would deny
he/she/it would deny
we would deny
you would deny
they would deny
Past Conditional
I would have denied
you would have denied
he/she/it would have denied
we would have denied
you would have denied
they would have denied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.deny - declare untrue; contradict; "He denied the allegations"; "She denied that she had taken money"
disclaim - make a disclaimer about; "He disclaimed any responsibility"
repudiate - reject as untrue, unfounded, or unjust; "She repudiated the accusations"
disavow - refuse to acknowledge; disclaim knowledge of; responsibility for, or association with; "Her husband disavowed her after 30 years of marriage and six children"
contradict, contravene, negate - deny the truth of
acknowledge, admit - declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of; "He admitted his errors"; "She acknowledged that she might have forgotten"
2.deny - refuse to accept or believe; "He denied his fatal illness"
repudiate, disown, renounce - cast off; "She renounced her husband"; "The parents repudiated their son"
abnegate - deny or renounce; "They abnegated their gods"
3.deny - refuse to grant, as of a petition or request; "The dean denied the students' request for more physics courses"; "the prisoners were denied the right to exercise for more than 2 hours a day"
withhold, keep back - hold back; refuse to hand over or share; "The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room"
4.deny - refuse to let have; "She denies me every pleasure"; "he denies her her weekly allowance"
keep, hold on - retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"
abnegate, deny - deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure; "She denied herself wine and spirits"
withhold, keep back - hold back; refuse to hand over or share; "The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room"
grant, allow - let have; "grant permission"; "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"
5.deny - deny oneself (something)deny - deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure; "She denied herself wine and spirits"
deny, refuse - refuse to let have; "She denies me every pleasure"; "he denies her her weekly allowance"
curb, hold in, control, moderate, contain, check, hold - lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"
6.deny - deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suitdeny - deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit
practice of law, law - the learned profession that is mastered by graduate study in a law school and that is responsible for the judicial system; "he studied law at Yale"
7.deny - refuse to recognize or acknowledge; "Peter denied Jesus"
disavow - refuse to acknowledge; disclaim knowledge of; responsibility for, or association with; "Her husband disavowed her after 30 years of marriage and six children"

deny

verb
1. contradict, oppose, counter, disagree with, rebuff, negate, rebut, refute, gainsay (archaic or literary) She denied the accusations.
contradict agree, accept, admit, confirm, acknowledge, recognize, concede, allow, affirm, take on board
2. renounce, reject, discard, revoke, retract, repudiate, renege, disown, rebut, disavow, recant, disclaim, abjure, abnegate, refuse to acknowledge or recognize I denied my parents because I wanted to become someone else.
3. refuse, decline, forbid, reject, rule out, veto, turn down, prohibit, withhold, preclude, disallow, negate, begrudge, interdict His ex-wife denies him access to his children.
refuse let, grant, permit

deny

verb
1. To refuse to admit the truth, reality, value, or worth of:
Law: traverse.
2. To be unwilling to grant:
3. To refuse to recognize or acknowledge:
Translations
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nægtebenægte
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nijekati
tagad
neita umneita, vísa á bug
否定する
부정하다
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förnekaförvägraneka
ปฏิเสธ
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deny

[dɪˈnaɪ] VT
1. [+ charge] → negar, rechazar; [+ report] → desmentir; [+ possibility, truth of statement] → negar
to deny having done sthnegar haber hecho algo
to deny thatnegar que ...
he denies that he said it; he denies having said itniega haberlo dicho
I don't deny itno lo niego
she denied everythinglo negó todo
there's no denying itno se puede negar, es innegable
2. (= refuse) [+ request] → denegar
to deny sb sthnegar algo a algn, privar a algn de algo
to deny o.s. sthprivarse de algo
he was not going to be denied his revengenada iba a impedir su venganza
3. (= renounce) [+ faith] → renegar de

deny

[dɪˈnaɪ] vt
[+ accusation] → nier
She denied everything → Elle a tout nié.
to deny involvement → nier toute participation
to deny (that) ... → nier que ...
to deny knowing sth → nier avoir eu connaissance de qch
to deny having done → nier avoir fait
(= refuse) → refuser
to deny sb sth → refuser qch à qn
(= disown) → renier

deny

vt
charge, accusation etcbestreiten, abstreiten, (ab)leugnen; existence of Godleugnen; (officially) → dementieren; do you deny having said that?bestreiten or leugnen Sie, das gesagt zu haben?; there’s no denying itdas lässt sich nicht bestreiten or leugnen; I deny that there is a real need for itich bestreite, dass ein echtes Bedürfnis danach besteht; to deny liabilitykeine Haftung übernehmen
(= refuse) to deny somebody’s requestjdm seine Bitte abschlagen; to deny somebody his rightsjdm seine Rechte vorenthalten; to deny somebody aid/a privilegejdm Hilfe/ein Privileg versagen; to deny somebody access (to something)jdm den Zugang (zu etw) verwehren; to deny somebody creditjdm den Kredit verweigern; I can’t deny her anythingich kann ihr nichts abschlagen; I had to deny myself the pleasure of seeing himich musste mir das Vergnügen, ihn zu sehen, versagen; why should I deny myself these little comforts?warum sollte ich mir das bisschen Komfort nicht gönnen?
(= disown) leader, religion, principlesverleugnen
to deny oneselfsich selbst verleugnen

deny

[dɪˈnaɪ] vt
a. (possibility, truth of statement, charge) → negare; (report) → smentire
there's no denying it → è innegabile
he denies having said it → nega di averlo detto
b. (refuse) to deny sb sthnegare qc a qn, rifiutare qc a qn
to deny o.s. sth → negarsi qc, privarsi di qc

deny

(diˈnai) verb
1. to declare not to be true. He denied the charge of theft.
2. to refuse (to give or grant someone something); to say `no' to. He was denied admission to the house.
deˈnial noun
1. (an act of) declaring that something is not true. Do you accept her denial?
2. (an act of) refusing someone something. a denial of his request.

deny

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deny

v. negar, rehusar.
References in classic literature ?
Ah, yes," said the other, "of course, I have no doubt that in a hundred years the Vatican will be denying that it ever opposed Socialism, just as at present it denies that it ever tortured Galileo.
The captain probably imagined all this, as modern science denies that the intermarrying of relatives deteriorates the stock.
He who proclaims it a re- ligious duty to read the Bible denies me the right of learning to read the name of the God who made me.
Is the philosophy which denies this and asserts that we are born with dispositions like blank sheets of paper a philosophy which has failed to remark that we are not born with blank faces -- a philosophy which has never compared together two infants of a few days old, and has never observed that those infants are not born with blank tempers for mothers and nurses to fill up at will?
But first the lawless Tyrant, who denies To know thir God, or message to regard, Must be compelld by Signes and Judgements dire; To blood unshed the Rivers must be turnd, Frogs, Lice and Flies must all his Palace fill With loath'd intrusion, and fill all the land; His Cattel must of Rot and Murren die, Botches and blaines must all his flesh imboss, And all his people; Thunder mixt with Haile, Haile mixt with fire must rend th' EGYPTIAN Skie And wheel on th' Earth, devouring where it rouls; What it devours not, Herb, or Fruit, or Graine, A darksom Cloud of Locusts swarming down Must eat, and on the ground leave nothing green: Darkness must overshadow all his bounds, Palpable darkness, and blot out three dayes; Last with one midnight stroke all the first-born Of EGYPT must lie dead.
He denies it,' said the King: `leave out that part.
So Fate that ever scorns to grant Or grace or boon to me,Since what can never be I want, Denies me what might be.
I am Robin Hood, but I say cursed be the man who denies our liege King's sovereignty
He denies himself nothing; it may easily be seen he has been accustomed to live well.
She accuses me of ingratitude, and denies the accusations made against herself with regard to Monsieur Bwikov.
She will not say which is her own name--she denies everything, and will answer no questions, and application has been made to me, as a magistrate, that I may take measures for identifying her, for it was thought probable that the name which stands first is her own name.
In short, we are madly erring, through self-esteem, in believing man, in either his temporal or future destinies, to be of more moment in the universe than that vast "clod of the valley" which he tills and contemns, and to which he denies a soul for no more profound reason than that he does not behold it in operation.