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English verb: deny

1. deny (communication) declare untrue; contradict


SamplesHe denied the allegations.
She denied that she had taken money.


ExamplesThey deny that there was a traffic accident


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)contradict, contravene, negate


Narrower (hyponym)disavow, disclaim, repudiate


Antonymsacknowledge, admit

2. deny (communication) refuse to accept or believe


SamplesHe denied his fatal illness.


ExamplesThey deny that there was a traffic accident


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)disown, renounce, repudiate


Narrower (hyponym)abnegate

3. deny (possession) refuse to grant, as of a petition or request


SamplesThe dean denied the students' request for more physics courses.
The prisoners were denied the right to exercise for more than 2 hours a day.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something


Broader (hypernym)keep back, withhold

4. deny (possession) refuse to let have


SamplesShe denies me every pleasure.
He denies her her weekly allowance.


ExamplesThey deny them the money


Synonymsrefuse


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something


Broader (hypernym)hold on, keep


Narrower (hyponym)keep back, withhold


Verb groupabnegate, deny


Antonymsgrant, allow

5. deny (possession) deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure


SamplesShe denied herself wine and spirits.


Synonymsabnegate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something


Broader (hypernym)check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate


Verb groupdeny, refuse

6. deny (communication) deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit


Synonymstraverse


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Domain categorylaw, practice of law

7. deny (communication) refuse to recognize or acknowledge


SamplesPeter denied Jesus.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)disavow









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