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.