from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To declare untrue; contradict.
- transitive v. To refuse to believe; reject.
- transitive v. To refuse to recognize or acknowledge; disavow.
- transitive v. To decline to grant or allow; refuse: deny the student's request; denied the prisoner food or water.
- transitive v. To give a refusal to; turn down or away: The protesters were determined not to be denied.
- transitive v. To restrain (oneself) especially from indulgence in pleasures.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To not allow.
- v. To assert that something is not true.
- v. To disallow
- v. to refuse to give or grant something to someone
- v. To prevent from scoring.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To declare not to be true; to gainsay; to contradict; -- opposed to affirm, allow, or admit.
- transitive v. To refuse (to do something or to accept something); to reject; to decline; to renounce.
- transitive v. To refuse to grant; to withhold; to refuse to gratify or yield to.
- transitive v. To disclaim connection with, responsibility for, and the like; to refuse to acknowledge; to disown; to abjure; to disavow.
- intransitive v. To answer in ��� negative; to declare an assertion not to be true.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To say “no” or “nay” to; gainsay; contradict.
- To declare to be untrue or untenable; reject as false or erroneous; refuse to admit, accept, or believe: as, to deny an accusation, or the truth of a statement or a theory; to deny a, doctrine.
- To refuse; refuse to grant or give; withhold or withhold from: as, to deny bread to the hungry; to deny a request.
- To reject as non-existent or unreal; refuse to believe in the existence of; disallow the reality of.
- To refuse access to; keep from being seen; withhold from view or intercourse: as, he denied himself to visitors.
- To refuse to acknowledge; disavow; renounce; disown.
- To forbid.
- To contradict; repel; disprove.
- Synonyms To disclaim, renounce, abjure.
- To answer in the negative; refuse to comply.
- n. Denial.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. refuse to let have
- v. deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
- v. refuse to recognize or acknowledge
- v. declare untrue; contradict
- v. refuse to grant, as of a petition or request
- v. refuse to accept or believe
- v. deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit
Middle English denien, from Old French denier, from Latin dēnegāre : dē-, de- + negāre, to say no; see ne in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)