deny

[dih-nahy]
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; Middle English denien < Old French denier < Latin dēnegāre. See denegation

denyingly, adverb
predeny, verb (used with object), predenied, predenying.
redeny, verb (used with object), redenied, redenying.
undenied, adjective

deny, disapprove, disprove, rebut, refute (see synonym study at the current entry).


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.


1. admit, accept. 3. allow.
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deny (dɪˈnaɪ)
 
vb , -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
 
[C13: from Old French denier, from Latin dēnegāre, from negāre]

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deny
c.1300, from O.Fr. denier, from L. denegare, from de- "away" + negare "refuse, say 'no,' " from Old L. nec "not," from Italic base *nek- "not," from PIE base *ne- "no, not" (see un-).
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There's no denying it is an ugly business, but such choices have to be made in
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