- 1 to say that something is not true deny something to deny a claim/a charge/an accusation The spokesman refused either to confirm or deny the reports. deny (that)… She denied (that) there had been any cover-up. There’s no denying (the fact) that quicker action could have saved them. it is denied that… It can't be denied that we need to devote more resources to this problem. deny doing something He denies attempting to murder his wife. More Like This Verbs usually followed by -ing forms avoid, consider, delay, deny, enjoy, escape, finish, give up, imagine, involve, mention, mind, miss, postpone, practise, resist, risk, suggestSee worksheet.
- 2 deny something to refuse to admit or accept something She denied all knowledge of the incident. The department denies responsibility for what occurred.
- 3(formal) to refuse to allow somebody to have something that they want or ask for deny somebody something They were denied access to the information. deny something to somebody Access to the information was denied to them.
- 4deny yourself (something) (formal) to refuse to let yourself have something that you would like to have, especially for moral or religious reasons Word Familydeny verbdenial nounundeniable adjectiveundeniably adverb Word Origin Middle English: from Old French deni-, stressed stem of deneier, from Latin denegare, from de-
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BrE BrE//dɪˈnaɪ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnaɪ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they deny
BrE BrE//dɪˈnaɪ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnaɪ//he / she / it denies
BrE BrE//dɪˈnaɪz//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnaɪz//past simple denied
BrE BrE//dɪˈnaɪd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnaɪd//past participle denied
BrE BrE//dɪˈnaɪd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnaɪd//-ing form denying
BrE BrE//dɪˈnaɪɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnaɪɪŋ//