UK [bɪˈlaɪ] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "belie":
present tense I/you/we/they belie he/she/it belies present participle belying past tense belied past participle belied formal
1) to make someone or something appear to be different from how they really are

Her youthful appearance belies her age.

2) to seem to show that a promise, hope, statement etc is not true

The recent bombings belie claims that progress is being made in the peace talks.

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  • Belie — Be*lie , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Belied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Belying}.] [OE. bilien, bili?en, AS. bele[ o]gan; pref. be + le[ o]gan to lie. See {Lie}, n.] 1. To show to be false; to convict of, or charge with, falsehood. [1913 Webster] Their trembling …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • belie — [v1] disprove confute, contradict, contravene, controvert, deny, disaffirm, disagree, explode, gainsay, negate, negative, oppose, repudiate; concepts 54,58 Ant. attest, prove belie [v2] deceive color, conceal, disguise, distort, falsify, garble,… …   New thesaurus

  • belie — index bear false witness, cloak, deceive, disguise, disprove, fake, falsify, feign, lie ( …   Law dictionary

  • belie — (v.) O.E. beleogan to deceive by lies, from BE (Cf. be ) + LIE (Cf. lie) (v.1) to lie, tell lies. Current sense of to contradict as a lie is first recorded 1640s. The other verb lie once also had a formation like this, from O.E. belicgan, which… …   Etymology dictionary

  • belie — *misrepresent, falsify, garble Analogous words: contradict, contravene, negative (see DENY): controvert, *disprove Antonyms: attest Contrasted words: *reveal, discover, disclose: *indicate, bespeak, betoken …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • belie — ► VERB (belying) 1) fail to give a true idea of. 2) show to be untrue or unjustified. ORIGIN Old English, «deceive by lying» …   English terms dictionary

  • belie — [bē lī′, bilī′] vt. belied, belying [ME bilien < OE beleogan, to deceive by lying < be , BE + leogan,LIE2] 1. Archaic to tell lies about 2. to give a false idea of; disguise or misrepresent [his smile belies his anger] …   English World dictionary

  • belie — verb Belie is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑exterior Belie is used with these nouns as the object: ↑nature …   Collocations dictionary

  • belie — [[t]bɪla͟ɪ[/t]] belies, belying, belied 1) VERB If one thing belies another, it hides the true situation and so creates a false idea or image of someone or something. [V n] Her looks belie her 50 years. 2) VERB If one thing belies another, it… …   English dictionary

  • belie — be|lie [ bı laı ] verb transitive VERY FORMAL to make someone or something appear to be different from how they really are: Mr. Kim s black hair belied his age. a. to seem to show that a promise, hope, statement, etc. is not true: The recent… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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