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"Denegar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to deny", and "negar" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "to deny". Learn more about the difference between "denegar" and "negar" below.
denegar(
deh
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neh
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gahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to deny
El pasaporte del pasajero estaba falsificado y el agente de inmigración le denegó la entrada al país.The passenger's passport was forged and the immigration officer denied his entry into the country.
b. to turn down
El banco denegó nuestra solicitud de crédito hipotecario.The bank turned down our mortgage loan application.
c. to refuse
El juez denegó el pedido de excarcelación del criminal.The judge refused the felon's request for release from prison.
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negar(
neh
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gahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to refute)
a. to deny
La senadora negó haber cometido un crimen.The senator denied having committed a crime.
2. (to withhold something)
a. to refuse
El oficial nos negó su ayuda.The official refused to help us.
b. to deny
Nos negaron el uso de la piscina del hotel porque no éramos huéspedes.They denied us use of the hotel pool because we weren't guests.
3. (to reject)
a. to disown
Se marchó y negó a su familia.He left and disowned his family.
negarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to decline; often used with "a")
a. to refuse
Me niego a pagar cinco dólares de envío por algo que solo cuesta un dólar.I refuse to pay five dollars to ship something that only costs a dollar.
Rodolfo se niega a aceptar que la boda está cancelada.Rodolfo refuses to believe that the wedding is canceled.
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