deny /dɪˈnaɪ/  verb

  •  [+ object]

    1 a . to say that something is not true

    • He denied the report that he would be quitting his job.
    • She denies all the charges that have been made against her.
    • I don’t deny that I have made some mistakes. [=I admit that I have made some mistakes]

    b . to refuse to accept or admit (something)

    • You can’t deny her beauty. = You can’t deny that she is beautiful.
    • She denied responsibility [=she said that she was not responsible] for the error.

    2 . to refuse to give (something) to someone : to prevent someone from having or receiving (something)

    • The banks denied [=refused] them credit.
    • The judge denied their request.
    • I don’t want to deny them this pleasure. = I don’t want to deny this pleasure to them.
    • a government that denies its citizens basic freedoms