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.

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

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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