- To deny is defined as to refuse to admit something, refuse to agree to something, refuse to acknowledge something or refuse to accept something.
- An example of deny is when you are asked if you ate the cookies and you say no.
- An example of deny is when you are asked for permission to do something and you say no.
- An example of deny is when you insist you are not over 40.
deny definition by Webster's New World
- to declare (a statement) untrue; contradict
- to refuse to accept as true or right; reject as unfounded, unreal, etc.
- to refuse to acknowledge as one's own; disown; repudiate
- to refuse the use of or access to
- to refuse to grant or give
- to refuse the request of (a person)
- Obsolete to forbid
Origin: Middle English denien ; from Old French denier ; from Classical Latin denegare ; from de-, intensive plush negare, to deny: see negation
deny definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb de·nied, de·ny·ing, de·nies
- To declare untrue; contradict.
- To refuse to believe; reject.
- To refuse to recognize or acknowledge; disavow.
- 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.
Origin: Middle English denien, from Old French denier, from Latin dēnegāre : dē-, de- + negāre, to say no; see ne in Indo-European roots.
deny - Legal Definition
deny - Phrases/Idioms
- to do without desired things
- to abstain from