• (America) IPA: /dɪˈnaɪ/


  1. (transitive) To disallow or reject.
    I wanted to go to the party, but I was denied.
  2. (transitive) To assert that something is not true.
    I deny that I was at the party.
    Everyone knows he committed the crime, but he still denies it.
  3. (ditransitive) To refuse to give or grant something to someone.
    My father denied me a good education.
    • To some men, it is more agreeable to deny a vicious inclination, than to gratify it.
  4. To take something away from someone; to deprive of.
  5. (sports, transitive) To prevent from scoring.
  6. To disclaim connection with, responsibility for, etc.; to refuse to acknowledge; to disown; to abjure; to disavow.
    • the falsehood of denying his opinion
    • thou thrice denied, yet thrice beloved
  7. (obsolete) To refuse (to do or accept something).
    • c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “Loues Labour’s Lost”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene ii]:
      if you deny to dance
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