verb (used without object), be·lieved, be·liev·ing.
verb (used with object), be·lieved, be·liev·ing.
- to be persuaded of the truth or existence of: to believe in Zoroastrianism; to believe in ghosts.
- to have faith in the reliability, honesty, benevolence, etc., of: I can help only if you believe in me.
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Kassebaum’s decision to publicly back Bollier over GOP congressman Roger Marshall is a coup for Democrats who believe they have a chance at flipping the conservative state.Election live updates: Trump returns to Wisconsin; Biden to face live audience at town hall|Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
The action, they believe, would require moderate Democrats to decide whether they want Pelosi as speaker, putting them on the spot at a moment of internal tension.Trump moves closer to Pelosi in economic aid talks, and House speaker must decide next move|Rachael Bade, Erica Werner|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
Sedition, if the Times report about Barr’s views is to be believed.William Barr is the poster child for politicized law enforcement officials|Philip Bump|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
Meanwhile, a pair of events have generated enormous excitement among those who believe that aliens might already be among us.
The vaccines are going to be, I believe, announced very soon.Timeline: The 124 times Trump has downplayed the coronavirus threat|Aaron Blake, JM Rieger|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
That explanation is believable…but increasingly less so when you hear Jay talk about the nature of his relationship with Adnan.The Deal With Serial’s Jay? He’s Pissed Off, Mucks Up Our Timeline|Emily Shire|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No one could agree on which side they felt was more truthful or believable, and the answers kept changing.
The first thing when you read something like this is, “OK, how can I make this believable, interesting, and real?”The Good Wife’s Secret Weapon: Matt Czuchry on Cary Agos’s Terrible, Horrible Year|Kevin Fallon|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The government witnesses were not believable,” a juror said afterward.The Killer Klansman’s Missing Years as a Federal Informant|Michael Daly|April 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The awkward, PSA-worthy interaction comes across as a consent role-play, rather than a believable, exciting first kiss.Sex Won’t Kill Young Adult Heroines: ‘Divergent’ and Rape Culture|Amy Zimmerman|March 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What was difficult, and as it then seemed, impossible, was to apprehend them as believable.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive|John Stuart Mill
Tales of their prowess, the engineer had declared, were more wonderful than believable.Sunlight Patch|Credo Fitch Harris
No reality is, of course, cognizable or believable by man which does not somehow show its presence in his total experience.
If the fruits and flowers were believable, as depicted, still they should be unattractive to eye and palate.The Garden, You, and I|Mabel Osgood Wright
It was not believable that the Railroad would "jump" Los Muertos, but if this should happen, he would be left without resources.The Octopus|Frank Norris
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In addition to the idioms beginning with believe
- believe it or not
- believe one's ears
- lead one to believe
- make believe
- you'd better believe it
Also seeseeing is believing.