de·ny /dɪˈnaɪ, di-/
De·ny v. t. [imp. & p. p. Denied p. pr. & vb. n. Denying.]
1. To declare not to be true; to gainsay; to contradict; -- opposed to affirm, allow, or admit.
Note: ☞ We deny what another says, or we deny the truth of an assertion, the force of it, or the assertion itself.
2. To refuse (to do something or to accept something); to reject; to decline; to renounce. [Obs.] “If you deny to dance.”
3. To refuse to grant; to withhold; to refuse to gratify or yield to; as, to deny a request.
Who finds not Providence all good and wise,
Alike in what it gives, and what denies? --Pope.
To some men, it is more agreeable to deny a vicious inclination, than to gratify it. --J. Edwards.
4. To disclaim connection with, responsibility for, and the like; to refuse to acknowledge; to disown; to abjure; to disavow.
The falsehood of denying his opinion. --Bancroft.
Thou thrice denied, yet thrice beloved. --Keble.
To deny one's self, to decline the gratification of appetites or desires; to practice self-denial.
Let him deny himself, and take up his cross. --Matt. xvi. 24.
De·ny, v. i. To answer in ░░░ negative; to declare an assertion not to be true.
Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. --Gen. xviii. 15.
v 1: declare untrue; contradict; "He denied the allegations";
"She denied that she had taken money" [ant: admit]
2: refuse to accept or believe; "He denied his fatal illness"
3: refuse to grant, as of a petition or request; "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"
4: refuse to let have; "She denies me every pleasure"; "he
denies her her weekly allowance" [syn: refuse] [ant: allow]
5: deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from
indulging in some pleasure; "She denied herself wine and
spirits" [syn: abnegate]
6: deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party)
in a legal suit [syn: traverse]
7: refuse to recognize or acknowledge; "Peter denied Jesus"