1. To declare not to be true; to gainsay; to contradict; -- opposed to affirm, allow, or admit.
Note: We deny what another says, or we deny the truth of an assertion, the force of it, or the assertion itself.
2. To refuse (to do something or to accept something); to reject; to decline; to renounce [this usage is obsolete]. "If you deny to dance." Shakespeare.
3. To refuse to grant; to withhold; to refuse to gratify or yield to; as, to deny a request. Who finds not Providence all good and wise, Alike in what it gives, and what denies Pope. To some men, it is more agreeable to deny a vicious inclination, than to gratify it. J. Edwards.
4. To disclaim connection with, responsibility for, and the like; to refuse to acknowledge; to disown; to abjure; to disavow. The falsehood of denying his opinion. Bancroft. Thou thrice denied, yet thrice beloved. Keble. To deny one's self, to decline the gratification of appetites or desires; to practice self-denial. Let him deny himself, and take up his cross. Matt. xvi. 24.
ETYMOLOGY = (Old English) denien, denaien, (Old French) denier, deneer, (French) dénier, from (Latin) denegare; de- + negare to say no, deny. See Negation.