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Definition of belie verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    belie

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 1belie something to give a false impression of somebody/something Her energy and youthful good looks belie her 65 years.
  2. 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.
  3. Word Origin Old English belēogan ‘deceive by lying’, from be- ‘about’ + lēogan ‘to lie’. Current senses date from the 17th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: belie