What is the meaning of deny?


  • Declare untrue; contradict.
    • usage: "He denied the allegations"; "She denied that she had taken money"
  • Refuse to accept or believe.
    • usage: "He denied his fatal illness"
  • Refuse to grant, as of a petition or request.
    • usage: "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"
  • Refuse to let have.
    • usage: "She denies me every pleasure"; "he denies her her weekly allowance"
  • Deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure.
    • usage: "She denied herself wine and spirits"
  • Deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit.
  • Refuse to recognize or acknowledge.
    • usage: "Peter denied Jesus"
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