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deny

de·ny

deny

 
pronunciation:
dih naI
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: denied, denies, denying
definition 1: to declare (something) false; refuse to agree with or admit; dispute; contradict.
He denied all the accusations against him.The Church originally denied that the earth revolved around the sun.She denied ever seeing the man before.
synonyms:
challenge, contradict, contravene, disallow, disclaim, dispute, gainsay
antonyms:
accept, acknowledge, admit, affirm, agree, allow, assert, aver, claim, concede, confess, confirm, grant, own
similar words:
argue, contend, disapprove, disavow, negate, object, oppose, question, reject, repudiate
definition 2: to refuse to bestow or provide.
As a punishment for the unrest, the warden denied the inmates' upcoming conjugal visits.He denied himself food as a protest.
synonyms:
decline, disallow, refuse, reject
antonyms:
concede, grant
similar words:
deprive, disclaim, forbid, negative, overrule, prohibit, proscribe, repudiate, withhold
definition 3: to repudiate or disown.
She later denied Catholicism.
synonyms:
disavow, disclaim, disown, renounce, repudiate
antonyms:
accept
similar words:
disinherit, forswear, negate, reject, retract, revoke, withdraw
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