deny - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participledenying
past tensedenied
past participledenied
  1. 1
    to say that you did not do something that someone has accused you of doing
    deny (that):

    A spokesman denied that the company had acted irresponsibly.

    deny (doing) something:

    He still denies murdering his wife.

    deny an allegation/accusation/claim/charge:

    Both men have denied the allegations.

    vehemently/strenuously/categorically/hotly deny something:

    All three athletes vehemently deny taking the drug.

    1. a.
      to say that something is not true or does not exist
      deny the existence of something:

      Officials have repeatedly denied the existence of a secret report.

      deny a rumour:

      He has denied rumours that he is having an affair with a government minister.

      deny (that):

      Officials continue to deny that drug use is widespread in the sport.

  2. 2
    formal to say that you do not know a particular person or do not have a particular belief or opinion

    Denying his friend was the only way to survive.

    Neither man was prepared to deny his religion.

  3. 3
    to refuse to admit to yourself or other people that you have a particular feeling, illness, or problem

    I had been denying this anger for years.

  4. 4
    to not allow someone to have something
    deny something to someone:

    Doctors were accused of denying treatment to older patients.

    be denied something:

    He had been denied the right to speak to his lawyer.

    deny someone something:

    There are parents who refuse to deny their children anything.

    1. a.
      mainly journalism to stop an opponent from winning or scoring

      The home team was denied victory in the dying minutes of the game.