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Old English belæfan, "to cause or allow to remain behind, to leave something behind," a general Germanic compound (cf. Gothic bilaibjan) from be- + Old English læfan "to leave" (see leave (v.)). In Middle English sometimes contracted to bleve. For further development, see belive.

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  • Thare are menny people who not only beleave that this world revolves on its axis, but they beleave that they are the axis.

  • I know them littery chaps, and, beleave me, I'd rather be a footman.

    Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Would you beleave that the lady he was a-ritin to was a chased, modist lady of honor, and mother of a famly?

    Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush William Makepeace Thackeray
  • I beleave we could make 1000 feet of it by showing me driveing into the field with my extra made wagon.

    The So-called Human Race Bert Leston Taylor
  • I beleave in the universal salvashun ov men, but I want tew pick the men.

    Josh Billings on Ice Henry Wheeler Shaw
  • Would you beleave that the lady he was a-ritin' to was a chased modist lady of honour and mother of a family?

    Thackeray Anthony Trollope
  • Az a gineral thing, if yu want tew git at the truth ov a perlitikal argyment, hear both sides and beleave neither.

    Josh Billings, Hiz Sayings Henry Wheeler Shaw
  • I beleave thare iz more people in this world, honest from policy, than thare iz from principle.

  • Pride, after all, iz one ov our best friendsit makes us beleave we are better and happier than our nabors.

  • We dont beleave that law ever kept a man sober long, but we do beleave that entreaty and example haz.

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