When you see your leader like that, you follow, you believe.
And audiences almost always judge who they believe to be the more aggressive debater as the victor.
To believe such is self-validation for people with children.
Given how much each had already invested in their candidate, what choice did they have but to believe him?
It would be marvelous to believe that the congressional supercommittee is going to reach a bipartisan deal.
"I believe the Bible says to leave all and cleave unto your wife," returned Garrison.
That I should not believe my eyes, and that you are not what you seem to be.
"I believe I saw Mr. Gallant several nights ago," Gibson said.
I believe you are a parson in good earnest, you kiss so devoutly.
And, believe me, they was the fanciest poultry specimens I'd ever seen!
Old English belyfan "to believe," earlier geleafa (Mercian), gelefa (Northumbrian), gelyfan (West Saxon) "believe," from Proto-Germanic *ga-laubjan "to believe," perhaps literally "hold dear, love" (cf. Old Saxon gilobian "believe," Dutch geloven, Old High German gilouben, German glauben), ultimately a compound based on PIE *leubh- "to care, desire, love" (see belief).
Spelling beleeve is common till 17c.; then altered, perhaps by influence of relieve, etc. To believe on instead of in was more common in 16c. but now is a peculiarity of theology; believe of also sometimes was used in 17c. Related: Believed (formerly occasionally beleft); believing. Expression believe it or not attested by 1874; Robert Ripley's newspaper cartoon of the same name is from 1918. Emphatic you better believe attested from 1854.