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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.
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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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (rechazar)
a. to deny
niega haber tenido nada que ver con el robohe denies having had anything to do with the robbery
no voy a negar que la idea me atraeI won't deny that the idea appeals to me
2. (denegar)
a. to refuse, to deny
negarle algo a alguiento refuse o deny somebody something
nos negaron la entrada a la fiestathey refused to let us into the party, they wouldn't let us into the party
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (general)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
negar con la cabezato shake one's head
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (general)
a. to refuse
me niego a creer que fuera élI refuse to believe it was him
negarse en redondo a hacer algoto absolutely refuse to do something
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transitive verb
1 (desmentir) to deny
niega haber robado los documentos he denies having stolen the documents; el ministro ha negado todas las acusaciones the minister has denied all the accusations
ha negado su responsabilidad en el asunto
no me negarás que ha valido la pena you can't deny it's been worth it; negó que lo hubieran despedido he denied that they had sacked him; he denied having been sacked
2 (rehusar) to refuse; deny;a to
le negaron el paso por la frontera they refused to let him cross the border; nos negaron la entrada al edificio we were refused o denied entry to the building; negar el saludo a algn to blank sb (familiar); snub sb (familiar); negar la mano a algn to refuse to shake hands with sb
3 [+persona] to disown
negó a su hija he disowned his daughter
intransitive verb
negar con la cabeza to shake one's head
pronominal verb
negarse a hacer algo to refuse to do sth; se negó a pagar la multa he refused to pay the fine
negarse a la evidencia to deny the obvious
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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