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Definitions of deny

  1. To declare to be untrue; disown; refute; forbid; answer in the negative. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. To refuse (to do something or to accept something); to reject; to decline; to renounce. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To disclaim connection with, responsibility for, and the like; to refuse to acknowledge; to disown; to abjure; to disavow. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To declare not to be true; to gainsay; to contradict; - opposed to affirm, allow, or admit. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To refuse to believe or admit; contradict; to withhold. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To gainsay or declare not to be true: to reject: to disown:-pr.p. denying; pa.p. denied. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To gainsay; declare untrue; reject; refuse. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. To answer in negative; to declare an assertion not to be true. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. deny oneself (something); restrain, esp. from indulging in some pleasure; "She denied herself wine and spirits" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. refuse to accept or believe; "He denied his fatal illness" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. refuse to recognize or acknowledge; "Peter denied Jesus" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. refuse to let have; "She denies me every pleasure"; "he denies her her weekly allowance" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. To gainsay; to contradict; to refuse to grant; to withhold; to disown. To deny one's self to practise self-denial; to abstain from. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. To declare untrue; to contradict; to disown; to refuse; to reject; not to afford. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for deny

  1. She has tried to deny her heart- she has tried to put other things above her love, but she knows now that she cannot. – When A Man's A Man by Harold Bell Wright
  2. Do not deny me this. – Kitty's Class Day And Other Stories by Louisa M. Alcott