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belie

verb be·lie \bi-ˈlī, bē-\

: to give a false idea of (something)

: to show (something) to be false or wrong

be·liedbe·ly·ing

Full Definition of BELIE

transitive verb
1
a :  to give a false impression of
b :  to present an appearance not in agreement with
2
a :  to show (something) to be false or wrong
b :  to run counter to :  contradict
3
:  disguise 3
be·li·er \-ˈlī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of BELIE

  1. a tree whose delicate beauty belies its real toughness
  2. Their actions belie their claim to be innocent.

First Known Use of BELIE

before 12th century

Rhymes with BELIE

aby, agley, air-dry, Alai, ally, Altai, anti, apply, assai, awry, aye-aye, Bacchae, Baha'i, banzai, barfly, bee fly, Belgae, bigeye, big lie, black eye, blackfly, black tie, blow-dry, blowby, blowfly, blue-sky, Bo Hai, bone-dry, bonsai, botfly, Brunei, buckeye, bugeye, bye-bye, canaille, catchfly, cat's-eye, Chennai, chess pie, Chiang Mai, cockeye, cockshy, come by, comply, cow pie, crane fly, cross-eye, deadeye, decry, deep-fry, deep-sky, deerfly, defy, Delphi, deny, descry, do by, dong quai, drip-dry, drop by, dry eye, dry fly, elhi, Eli, espy, face fly, firefly, fish-eye, flesh fly, flyby, fly high, forby, freeze-dry, frogeye, fruit fly, gadfly, gallfly, get by, GI, glass eye, go by, good-bye, greenfly, grisaille, gun-shy, Haggai, Hawkeye, heel fly, hereby, hi-fi, hog-tie, horn fly, horsefly, housefly, imply, jai alai, July, Karzai, Kasai, knee-high, lanai, Lanai, lay-by, lay by, Lehigh, let fly, Levi, lie by, magpie, mai tai, mao-tai, Masai, mayfly, medfly, mind's eye, Moirai, mooneye, Mumbai, my eye, nearby, necktie, nilgai, nisi, outbye, outcry, oxeye, pad thai, Panay, panfry, Parcae, piece-dye, pigsty, pinkeye, Po Hai, pop eye, pop fly, potpie, put by, Qinghai, quasi, rabbi, red-eye, rely, reply, rib eye, ride high, rocaille, rough-dry, run dry, Sakai, sand fly, sci-fi, screw eye, semi, Sendai, serai, set by, shanghai, Shanghai, sheep's eye, shoofly, shut-eye, Sinai, sky-high, small-fry, stand by, standby, stir-fry, string tie, supply, swear by, terai, test-fly, thereby, tie-dye, titi, tongue-tie, Transkei, twist tie, two-ply, untie, vat dye, Versailles, walleye, well-nigh, whereby, whitefly, wild rye, wise guy
BELIER Defined for Kids

belie

verb be·lie \bi-ˈlī\
be·liedbe·ly·ing

Definition of BELIE for Kids

1
:  to give a false idea of <Her voice was strong and even, belying her eighty-two years. — Kevin Henkes, Olive's Ocean>
2
:  to show to be false <Their actions belie their claim of innocence.>

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