verb (denies, denying, denied)
- 1 [with object] State that one refuses to admit the truth or existence of: both firms deny any responsibility for the tragedyMore example sentences
contradict, repudiate, gainsay, declare untrue, dissent from, disagree with, challenge, contest, oppose; retract, take back, back-pedal; disprove, debunk, explode, discredit, refute, rebut, invalidate, negate, nullify, quash• informal shoot full of holes, shoot down (in flames)Law disaffirm
- It is denied that the Defendant repudiated the alleged or any contract as alleged or at all.
- Rumours that he had been suspended swept across the centre two weeks ago, but the shopping centre's management company refused to admit or deny the claims.
- A federal prosecutor has denied that contention.
- 1.1Refuse to admit the truth of (a concept or proposition that is supported by the majority of scientific or historical evidence): an anti-environmentalist campaign group that denies climate changeMore example sentences
- Ethiopia faces devastating famine, millions in other parts of the world have no drinking water and global warming is forgotten or denied.
- Only four years ago it was considered completely mainstream, centrist thinking to oppose stem cell research, reject nuclear proliferation schemes, and deny global warming.
- Some people deny the holocaust, others assert it happened as a matter of undeniable fact.
- 2 [with two objects] Refuse to give (something requested or desired) to (someone): the inquiry was denied access to intelligence sourcesMore example sentences
- O'Neill was denied that unexpected luxury by circumstances outwith his control.
- He said: ‘There are a number of people who would love to rent private or council property and they are being denied that right.’
- In summary, specialty toy stores cannot compete on prices, so they will agree to deny the product to their discount rivals.
- 2.1 (deny oneself) Refuse to let oneself have something that one desires: he had denied himself sexually for yearsMore example sentences
- As you might imagine, they've shown remarkable restraint in that regard, refusing to deny themselves a raise for five straight years.
- It's a decision to deny ourselves the thoughts, desires, and actions that feed the old life within us.
- We're the ones who are denying ourselves health care coverage by refusing to pay taxes.
Middle English: from Old French deni-, stressed stem of deneier, from Latin denegare, from de- 'formally' + negare 'say no'.