deny[dē nī′, di-]
- 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.
To deny is defined as to refuse to admit something, refuse to agree to something, refuse to acknowledge something or refuse to accept something.
transitive verbdenied, denying
- 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 of denyMiddle English denien ; from Old French denier ; from Classical Latin denegare ; from de-, intensive + negare, to deny: see negation
- to do without desired things
- to abstain from
transitive verbde·nied, de·ny·ing, de·nies
- To declare untrue; assert to be false: “A senior officer denied that any sensitive documents had been stored there” (Scott Ritter).
- To refuse to believe; reject: deny the existence of evil spirits.
- To refuse to recognize or acknowledge; disavow: The official denied any wrongdoing.
- 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 of denyMiddle English denien, from Old French denier, from Latin dēnegāre : dē-, de- + negāre, to say no; see ne in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present denies, present participle denying, simple past and past participle denied)
- To not allow.
- I wanted to go to the party, but I was denied.
- To assert that something is not true.
- I deny that I was at the party.
- Everyone knows he committed the crime, but he still denies it.
- To disallow
- to refuse to give or grant something to someone
- My father denied me a good education.
- (sports) To prevent from scoring.
- To disclaim connection with, responsibility for, etc.; to refuse to acknowledge; to disown; to abjure; to disavow.
- This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).
deny - Legal Definition
Of a court, to reject a party’s claim for money or other relief; of a litigant, to reject in a pleading assertions made by the other party in its own pleading.