- 1belie something to give a false impression of somebody/something Her energy and youthful good looks belie her 65 years.
- 2belie something to show that something cannot be true or correct Government claims that there is no poverty are belied by the number of homeless people on the streets. Word Origin Old English belēogan ‘deceive by lying’, from be- ‘about’ + lēogan ‘to lie’. Current senses date from the 17th cent.
BrE BrE//bɪˈlaɪ//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈlaɪ//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they belie
BrE BrE//bɪˈlaɪ//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈlaɪ//he / she / it belies
BrE BrE//bɪˈlaɪz//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈlaɪz//past simple belied
BrE BrE//bɪˈlaɪd//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈlaɪd//past participle belied
BrE BrE//bɪˈlaɪd//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈlaɪd//-ing form belying
BrE BrE//bɪˈlaɪɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈlaɪɪŋ//