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believe

[ bih-leev ]
/ b瑟藞liv /
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verb (used without object), be路lieved, be路liev路ing.
to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so: Only if one believes in something can one act purposefully.
verb (used with object), be路lieved, be路liev路ing.
to have confidence or faith in the truth of (a positive assertion, story, etc.); give credence to.
to have confidence in the assertions of (a person).
to have a conviction that (a person or thing) is, has been, or will be engaged in a given action or involved in a given situation: The fugitive is believed to be headed for the Mexican border.
to suppose or assume; understand (usually followed by a noun clause): I believe that he has left town.
Verb Phrases
believe in,
  1. to be persuaded of the truth or existence of: to believe in Zoroastrianism; to believe in ghosts.
  2. to have faith in the reliability, honesty, benevolence, etc., of: I can help only if you believe in me.
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Idioms about believe

    make believe. make1 (def. 68).

Origin of believe

First recorded in 1150鈥1200; Middle English bileven, equivalent to bi- be- + leven, Old English (Anglian) gel膿fan (cognate with Dutch gelooven, German glauben, Gothic galaubjan )

OTHER WORDS FROM believe

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British Dictionary definitions for believe

believe
/ (b瑟藞li藧v) /

verb
(tr; may take a clause as object) to accept (a statement, supposition, or opinion) as trueI believe God exists
(tr) to accept the statement or opinion of (a person) as true
(intr foll by in) to be convinced of the truth or existence (of)to believe in fairies
(intr) to have religious faith
(when tr, takes a clause as object) to think, assume, or supposeI believe that he has left already
(tr; foll by of; used with can, could, would, etc) to think that someone is able to do (a particular action)I wouldn't have believed it of him

Derived forms of believe

Word Origin for believe

Old English beliefan
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Other Idioms and Phrases with believe

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