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Meaning of deny

de•ny

Pronunciation: (di-nī'), [key]
— -nied, -ny•ing.
  1. to state that (something declared or believed to be true) is not true: to deny an accusation.
  2. to refuse to agree or accede to: to deny a petition.
  3. to withhold the possession, use, or enjoyment of: to deny access to secret information.
  4. to withhold something from, or refuse to grant a request of: to deny a beggar.
  5. to refuse to recognize or acknowledge; disown; disavow; repudiate: to deny one's gods.
  6. to withhold (someone) from accessibility to a visitor: The secretary denied his employer to all those without appointments.
  7. to refuse to take or accept.
  8. to refrain from satisfying one's desires or needs; practice self-denial.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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