Pronunciation: (di-nī'), [key]
—v.t., -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. Obs.to refuse to take or accept.
8. deny oneself, to refrain from satisfying one's desires or needs; practice self-denial.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.