1 say sth is not true
adamantly, emphatically, fiercely, firmly, hotly, steadfastly (esp. AmE), strenuously, strongly, vehemently, vigorously

Both women vehemently deny the charges against them.

angrily, indignantly
categorically, flatly

He has categorically denied being involved in the fraud.

explicitly, expressly
completely, totally
formally, officially
immediately, promptly, quickly

If anyone accuses me I'll simply deny it.

consistently, repeatedly

He has consistently denied murdering his estranged wife.


You can't deny that it seems a very attractive idea.

try to

I know it was you I saw, so there's no use trying to deny it.

no one could deny (that) … , no one would deny (that) … 

No one would deny that there is a very great need for change.

there is no denying sth

There is no denying the fact that she is an excellent scholar.

2 refuse sb sth
cruelly (esp. BrE)

They were cruelly denied victory by a header from Reece.


Children could be compelled to work on the farm, effectively denying them schooling.

routinely, systematically

The country's government systematically denies its citizens basic rights to free expression.


You cannot deny this opportunity to me.

Deny is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑authority, ↑judge, ↑source
Deny is used with these nouns as the object: ↑access, ↑accusation, ↑admittance, ↑affair, ↑allegation, ↑appeal, ↑asylum, ↑attraction, ↑authority, ↑bail, ↑benefit, ↑chance, ↑charge, ↑citizenship, ↑claim, ↑communion, ↑compensation, ↑connection, ↑credit, ↑education, ↑entrance, ↑entry, ↑equality, ↑existence, ↑fact, ↑feeling, ↑freedom, ↑funding, ↑guilt, ↑importance, ↑impulse, ↑involvement, ↑justice, ↑knowledge, ↑liability, ↑libel, ↑liberty, ↑licence, ↑link, ↑membership, ↑misconduct, ↑murder, ↑need, ↑negligence, ↑passage, ↑permission, ↑permit, ↑petition, ↑possibility, ↑promotion, ↑reality, ↑recognition, ↑report, ↑request, ↑responsibility, ↑right, ↑rumour, ↑statement, ↑status, ↑suggestion, ↑tenure, ↑truth, ↑use, ↑validity, ↑victory, ↑visa, ↑vote, ↑wish

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