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Definition of gainsay verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈɡeɪnseɪ//
    gainsay something (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gainsay
    he / she / it gainsays
    past simple gainsaid
    -ing form gainsaying
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  1. 1(often used in negative sentences) to say that something is not true; to disagree with or deny something synonym deny
  2. 2 Nobody can gainsay his claims.
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