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Definition of "deny" []

  • To declare untrue; contradict. (verb-transitive)
  • To refuse to believe; reject. (verb-transitive)
  • To refuse to recognize or acknowledge; disavow. (verb-transitive)
  • To decline to grant or allow; refuse: deny the student's request; denied the prisoner food or water. (verb-transitive)
  • To give a refusal to; turn down or away: The protesters were determined not to be denied. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "deny" in a sentence
  • "But whosoever shall deny me before men, _him will I also deny_ before my Father which is in heaven "(Ibid, 32, 33)."
  • ""Had Congress wished to bar private employers from discriminating against debtors in their hiring decisions, it could have done so by adding the phrase 'deny employment' to [the law] when it amended [the law] in 1994 and again in 2005.""
  • "What I deny is that it had anything to do with a ‘free market’."