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"deny" in British English

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denyverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈnaɪ/
  • deny verb [T] (NOT TRUE)

B2 to say that something is not ​true: He will not ​confirm or deny the allegations. [+ that] Neil denies that he ​broke the ​window, but I'm ​sure he did. [+ -ing verb] Neil denies ​breaking the ​window.there's no denying it is ​true: There's no denying that this has been a ​difficultyear for the ​company.

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  • deny verb [T] (REFUSE)

B2 to not ​allow someone to have or do something: Her ​request for ​time off ​work was denied. No one should be denied a good ​education./A good ​education should be denied to no one. [+ two objects] The ​goalkeeper denied him his third ​goal. I was denied the ​opportunity of ​learningFrench at ​school.

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  • deny verb [T] (NOT ADMIT)

to not ​admit that you have ​knowledge, ​responsibility, ​feelings, etc.: He denied all ​responsibility for the ​rumours which have been ​circulating. Even under ​torture, he ​refused to deny his ​beliefs/​faith.deny yourself to not ​allow yourself to have or do things: Many ​parents deny themselves so that ​theirchildren can have the ​best. formal to ​refuse to ​admit that you have any ​connection with something or someone: She has denied her ​family and ​refuses to have any ​contact with them.

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(Definition of deny from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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denyverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈnɑɪ/
  • deny verb [T] (CLAIM TO BE NOT TRUE)

to say that something is not ​true: The ​governor denied ​reports that he will ​resign. [+ that clause] She has denied that she ​plans to ​run for ​mayor.
  • deny verb [T] (REFUSE)

to ​refuse to ​permit or ​allow someone to do something: She denied herself the things that would make her ​happy.
  • deny verb [T] (NOT ADMIT)

to ​fail to ​admit that you have ​knowledge, ​responsibility, or ​feelings: He denied ​knowing about the ​plan.
deniable
adjective  /dɪˈnɑɪ·ə·bəl/
(Definition of deny from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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