deny

To deny means refuse to accept, recognize, or believe. You can deny your sweet tooth all you want, but the stash of candy in your desk tells a different story.

It's hard to deny what etymologists have proven: deny is rooted in the Latin word denegare, which means β€œto deny, reject, refuse.” You can deny yourself of chocolate if you're on a diet, or deny the accusations that you're a chocoholic. But it's usually best to fess up. Abraham Lincoln famously admitted: β€œI never did like to work, and I don't deny it. I'd rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh β€” anything but work."

DEFINITIONS OF: deny

1

v declare untrue; contradict

“He denied the allegations”
“She denied that she had taken money”
Antonyms:
acknowledge, admit
declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of
Types:
disclaim
make a disclaimer about
repudiate
reject as untrue, unfounded, or unjust
disavow
refuse to acknowledge; disclaim knowledge of; responsibility for, or association with
Type of:
contradict, contravene, negate
deny the truth of

v refuse to recognize or acknowledge

“Peter denied Jesus”
Type of:
disavow
refuse to acknowledge; disclaim knowledge of; responsibility for, or association with

v refuse to accept or believe

“He denied his fatal illness”
Types:
abnegate
deny or renounce
Type of:
disown, renounce, repudiate
cast off

v refuse to let have

“She denies me every pleasure”
“he denies her her weekly allowance”
Synonyms:
refuse
abnegate
deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
Antonyms:
allow, grant
let have
allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission
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keep back, withhold
hold back; refuse to hand over or share
block, freeze, immobilise, immobilize
prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
keep to oneself
withhold information
reserve
hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency
immobilise, immobilize
hold as reserve or withdraw from circulation; of capital
deprive
keep from having, keeping, or obtaining
Type of:
hold on, keep
retain possession of

v deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure

“She denied herself wine and spirits”
Synonyms:
abnegate
refuse
refuse to let have
Type of:
check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

v 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”
Type of:
keep back, withhold
hold back; refuse to hand over or share

v deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit

Synonyms:
traverse
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