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.
- believe it or not,
- believe one's ears,
Origin of believe
Examples from the Web for believe
People watch night soaps because the genre allows them to believe in a world where people just react off their baser instincts.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist|Judnick Mayard|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I believe in the power of institutions—Congress, public policy, certain ideas about politics—that last for a long time.
What they believe impacts economic policy, foreign policy, education policy, environmental policy, you name it.
“We believe the gun was in it the whole time,” the investigator says.
Afraid the Korean secret police would not believe his kidnapping story, Shin settled in Hollywood.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For Ignacio knew that the Spanish officer was glad enough to believe the story the spy told him.A Prisoner of Morro|Upton Sinclair
It makes me feel ridiculous to think I was soft enough to believe that rubbage.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I believe them to have been the direct suggestion of the devil.
If I was to write to my mother,' says he, 'that my wife had left me, I believe it would be the death of her.The Land of Long Ago|Eliza Calvert Hall
I believe that it is what Shakespeare intended, and that he despised the groundlings if they laughed.Shakespearean Tragedy|A. C. Bradley
Word Origin for believe
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.
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.