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verb [transitive] formal belie pronunciation in American English /bɪˈlaɪ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebelying
past tensebelied
past participlebelied
  1. 1
    to make someone or something appear to be different from how they really are
    Mr. Kim’s black hair belied his age.
  2. 2
    to seem to show that a promise, hope, statement, etc. is not true
    The recent bombings belie claims that progress is being made in the peace talks.


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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