denyverb [ T ]uk /dɪˈnaɪ/ us /dɪˈnaɪ/
deny verb [ T ] (NOT TRUE)
B2 to say that something is not true:
there's no denying
- He said the police assaulted him while he was in custody, a claim which the police deny.
- The president has consistently denied the rumours.
- A close associate of the author denied reports that she had cancer.
- She has always stridently denied the accusations against her.
- The ambassador denied that any missiles had been fired across the border.
deny verb [ T ] (REFUSE)
B2 to not allow someone to have or do something:
- While priests were denied the right to marry and procreate, he said, their situation would remain impossible.
- Freedom of speech and freedom of thought were both denied under the dictatorship.
- All I'd cherished from early childhood had been denied me, so I simply gave up the ghost.
- Can the right to live ever be denied to any human?
- He complained that he had been denied his conjugal rights.
deny verb [ T ] (NOT ADMIT)
- She knew that Dave wasn't the right man for her but she couldn't deny that there was an attraction between them.
- She denied any personal enmity towards him.
- The company consistently denied responsibility, but it agreed to the settlement to avoid a long and expensive legal case.
- Alois denied any knowledge of the matter.
- She has strenuously denied any criminal wrongdoing.