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Meaning of DENY

Pronunciation:  di'nI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  declare untrue; contradict; "He denied the allegations"; "She denied that she had taken money"
  2. [v]  refuse to accept or believe; "He denied his fatal illness"
  3. [v]  refuse to recognize or acknowledge; "Peter denied Jesus"
  4. [v]  deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit
  5. [v]  refuse to let have; "She denies me every pleasure"; "he denies her her weekly allowance"
  6. [v]  deny oneself (something); restrain, esp. from indulging in some pleasure; "She denied herself wine and spirits"
  7. [v]  refuse to grant, as of a petition or request; "The dean denied the students' request for more physics courses"; "the prisoners were denied the right to exercise for more than 2 hours a day"

DENY is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: refuse, traverse
 Antonyms: acknowledge, admit, allow, grant
 See Also: abnegate, check, contain, contradict, contravene, control, curb, disavow, disclaim, hold, hold in, hold on, keep, keep back, moderate, negate, renounce, repudiate, withhold



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*ny"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Denied}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Denying}.] [OE. denien, denaien, OF. denier, deneer, F.
    d['e]nier, fr. L. denegare; de- + negare to say no, deny. See
    1. To declare not to be true; to gainsay; to contradict; --
       opposed to affirm, allow, or admit.
    Note: We deny what another says, or we deny the truth of an
          assertion, the force of it, or the assertion itself.
    2. To refuse (to do something or to accept something); to
       reject; to decline; to renounce. [Obs.] ``If you deny to
       dance.'' --Shak.
    3. To refuse to grant; to withhold; to refuse to gratify or
       yield to; as, to deny a request.
             Who finds not Providence all good and wise, Alike in
             what it gives, and what denies?       --Pope.
             To some men, it is more agreeable to deny a vicious
             inclination, than to gratify it.      --J. Edwards.
    4. To disclaim connection with, responsibility for, and the
       like; to refuse to acknowledge; to disown; to abjure; to
             The falsehood of denying his opinion. --Bancroft.
             Thou thrice denied, yet thrice beloved. --Keble.
    {To deny one's self}, to decline the gratification of
       appetites or desires; to practice self-denial.
             Let him deny himself, and take up his cross. --Matt.
                                                   xvi. 24.
  2. \De*ny"\, v. i.
    To answer in ??? negative; to declare an assertion not to be
          Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was
          afraid.                                  --Gen. xviii.
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