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deny

[dih-nahy] /dɪˈnaɪ/
verb (used with object), denied, denying.
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.
Idioms
8.
deny oneself, to refrain from satisfying one's desires or needs; practice self-denial.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English denien < Old French denier < Latin dēnegāre. See denegation
Related forms
denyingly, adverb
predeny, verb (used with object), predenied, predenying.
redeny, verb (used with object), redenied, redenying.
undenied, adjective
Can be confused
deny, disapprove, disprove, rebut, refute (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
1. dispute, controvert, oppose, gainsay. 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. 5. renounce, abjure.
Antonyms
1. admit, accept. 3. allow.
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British Dictionary definitions for denies

deny

/dɪˈnaɪ/
verb (transitive) -nies, -nying, -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
Word Origin
C13: from Old French denier, from Latin dēnegāre, from negāre
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Word Origin and History for denies

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.

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