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 “to 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: “I never did like to work, and I don't deny it. I'd rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh — anything but work."

Definitions of deny
  1. verb
    declare untrue; contradict
    “He denied the allegations”
    “She denied that she had taken money”
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    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
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    contradict, contravene, negate
    deny the truth of
  2. verb
    refuse to recognize or acknowledge
    “Peter denied Jesus”
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    type of:
    disavow
    refuse to acknowledge; disclaim knowledge of; responsibility for, or association with
  3. verb
    refuse to accept or believe
    “He denied his fatal illness”
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    types:
    abnegate
    deny or renounce
    type of:
    disown, renounce, repudiate
    cast off
  4. verb
    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
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    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
  5. verb
    deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
    synonyms: abnegate
    refuse
    refuse to let have
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    check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
  6. verb
    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”
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    type of:
    keep back, withhold
    hold back; refuse to hand over or share
  7. verb
    deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit
    synonyms: traverse
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