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Definition of gainsay verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

gainsay

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌɡeɪnˈseɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡeɪnˈseɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gainsay
BrE BrE//ˌɡeɪnˈseɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡeɪnˈseɪ//
 
he / she / it gainsays
BrE BrE//ˌɡeɪnˈsez//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡeɪnˈsez//
 
past simple gainsaid
BrE BrE//ˌɡeɪnˈsed//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡeɪnˈsed//
 
past participle gainsaid
BrE BrE//ˌɡeɪnˈsed//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡeɪnˈsed//
 
-ing form gainsaying
BrE BrE//ˌɡeɪnˈseɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡeɪnˈseɪɪŋ//
 
 
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gainsay something (formal) (often used in negative sentences) to say that something is not true; to disagree with or deny something synonym deny Nobody can gainsay his claims. There is no gainsaying these facts. Word Origin Middle English: from obsolete gain- ‘against’ + say.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gainsay