WOTW: deny

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - deny

“Deny” is a verb with two related meanings. Let’s have a look at what they are and see some examples.


The verb “deny” means say that you refuse to admit something is true, or don’t believe something.


+ He strongly denied having a mistress.

+ They were quick to deny the gossip.

+ No one can deny that she deserves it.

+ It is hard to understand how anyone can deny climate change is happening.

+ This is not to deny that it is possible, just very hard to do.


The other meaning of the verb “deny” is to refuse to give something to someone.


+ The FBI was denied access to the documents.

+ He denied giving them his consent to their marriage.

+ They were denied government funding for the restoration project again.

+ I couldn’t deny myself an ice-cream on such a hot day.

+ The judge denied approval for the search warrant.


The pronunciation is / dɪˈnʌɪ /.


This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.


この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。



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