Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: denier, from Latin negare 'to deny'


de‧ny S2 W2 past tense and past participle denied, present participle denying, third person singular denies [transitive]

say something is not true

to say that something is not true, or that you do not believe something [↪ denial]
deny (that)
I've never denied that there is a housing problem.
I can't deny her remarks hurt me.
deny doing something
Two men have denied murdering a woman at a remote picnic spot.
strongly/vehemently/strenuously etc deny something
Jackson vehemently denied the allegations.
The government denied the existence of poverty among 16- and 17-year-olds.
deny a charge/allegation/claim
The men have denied charges of theft.

not allow

to refuse to allow someone to have or do something:
landowners who deny access to the countryside
deny somebody something
She could deny her son nothing.
deny something to somebody
This is the only country in Europe to deny cancer screening to its citizens.

there's no denying (that/something)

spoken used to say that it is very clear that something is true:
There's no denying that this is an important event.


to refuse to admit that you are feeling something:
Emotions can become destructive if they are suppressed and denied.

deny yourself (something)

to decide not to have something that you would like, especially for moral or religious reasons:
He denied himself all pleasures and luxuries.

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