from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To give a false representation to; misrepresent: "He spoke roughly in order to belie his air of gentility” ( James Joyce).
- transitive v. To show to be false; contradict: Their laughter belied their outward grief.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To lie around; encompass.
- v. To surround; beleaguer.
- v. To show, evince, demonstrate: to show (something) to be present.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To show to be false; to convict of, or charge with, falsehood.
- transitive v. To give a false representation or account of.
- transitive v. To tell lie about; to calumniate; to slander.
- transitive v. To mimic; to counterfeit.
- transitive v. To fill with lies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lie around; encompass; especially, to lie around, as an army; beleaguer.
- To tell lies concerning; calumniate by false reports.
- To give the lie to; show to be false; contradict.
- To act unworthily of; fail to equal or come up to; disappoint: as, to belie one's hopes or expectations.
- To give a false representation of; conceal the true character of.
- To fill with lies.
- To counterfeit; mimic; feign resemblance to.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. represent falsely
- v. be in contradiction with
Middle English bilien, from Old English belēogan, to deceive with lies; see leugh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English belyen, beliggen, from Old English belicgan, bilicgan ("to lie around, surround, hedge in, encompass"), equivalent to be- (“around, by”) + lie (to be positioned). Cognate with German beliegen. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English belyen, beleoȝen, from Old English belēogan ("to deceive by lying, be mistaken"), equivalent to be- (“about”) + lie (to deceive). Cognate with Old Frisian biliaga ("to belie"), Dutch beliegen ("to belie"), German belügen ("to lie to"), Swedish beljuga ("to tell lies about"). (Wiktionary)