deny

deny
de|ny
W2S2 [dıˈnaı] v past tense and past participle denied present participle denying third person singular denies [T]
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1¦(say something is not true)¦
2¦(not allow)¦
3 there's no denying (that/something)
4¦(feelings)¦
5 deny yourself (something)
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[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: denier, from Latin negare 'to deny']
1.) ¦(SAY SOMETHING IS NOT TRUE)¦
to say that something is not true, or that you do not believe something
→↑denial deny (that)
I've never denied that there is a housing problem.
I can't deny her remarks hurt me.
deny doing sth
Two men have denied murdering a woman at a remote picnic spot.
strongly/vehemently/strenuously etc deny sth
Jackson vehemently denied the allegations.
The government denied the existence of poverty among 16- and 17-year-olds.
deny a charge/allegation/claim
The men have denied charges of theft.
2.) ¦(NOT ALLOW)¦
to refuse to allow someone to have or do something
landowners who deny access to the countryside
deny sb sth
She could deny her son nothing.
deny sth to sb
This is the only country in Europe to deny cancer screening to its citizens.
3.) there's no denying (that/sth)
spoken used to say that it is very clear that something is true
There's no denying that this is an important event.
4.) ¦(FEELINGS)¦
to refuse to admit that you are feeling something
Emotions can become destructive if they are suppressed and denied.
5.) deny yourself (sth)
to decide not to have something that you would like, especially for moral or religious reasons
He denied himself all pleasures and luxuries.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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