belie

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
be•lie /bɪˈlaɪ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -lied, -ly•ing. 
  1. to contradict: His trembling hands belied his calm voice.
  2. to give a false impression of:Her clear features and dark hair belied her age.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
be•lie  (bi lī),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -lied, -ly•ing. 
  1. to show to be false;
    contradict:His trembling hands belied his calm voice.
  2. to misrepresent:The newspaper belied the facts.
  3. to act unworthily according to the standards of (a tradition, one's ancestry, one's faith, etc.).
  4. [Archaic.]to lie about;
    slander.
be•lier, n. 
  • Middle English belyen, Old English belēogan. See be-, lie1 bef. 1000
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged refute, disprove, controvert, repudiate, confute, gainsay.
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  misrepresent. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged prove, verify, support.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

belie /bɪˈlaɪ/ vb ( -lies, -lying, -lied)(transitive)
  1. to show to be untrue; contradict
  2. to misrepresent; disguise the nature of
  3. to fail to justify; disappoint
Etymology: Old English belēogan; related to Old Frisian biliuga, Old High German biliugan; see be-, lie1



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