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deny

verb [T] uk   /dɪˈnaɪ/ us  

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 difficult year 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 learning French 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 their children 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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