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contradict

verb [I or T] uk   /ˌkɒn.trəˈdɪkt/ us    /ˌkɑːn-/
C1 (of people) to say the opposite of what someone else has said, or (of one fact or statement) to be so different from another fact or statement that one of them must be wrong: If you're both going to lie, at least stick to the same story and don't contradict each other! He kept contradicting himself when we were arguing - I think he was a bit confused. How dare you contradict (me)! Recent evidence has tended to contradict established theories on this subject.Denying and contradicting
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