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 believed
Drugeon survived an airstrike last year and is believed to be still at large, officials have said.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre|Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Garner believed that he could stand on a public street, unarmed, and address police officers rationally.
However, we have just had a necessary wake-up call that all is not as secure as we believed.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat|Clive Irving|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Castros are the latest in a long line of despots he believed he could negotiate with.
According to police sources, was believed to have visited New York City sometime last week.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish|M.L. Nestel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is believed that the other evangelical denominations in Oregon have spoken with the same distinctness and the same confidence.A History of Oregon, 1792-1849|William Henry Gray
All the ancient stories told of him by Whig enemies were revived, and believed by those who had long treated them with contempt.Martin Van Buren|Edward M. Shepard
Then, once more, the Curlytops were on the trail after the Indians, as they believed.The Curlytops at Uncle Frank's Farm|Howard R. Garis
He believed in his Idea so thoroughly that he knew he was going to find something across the Atlantic.Christopher Columbus, Complete|Filson Young
After all, this was her aunt, and she believed she was speaking to her niece.The Rebellion of Margaret|Geraldine Mockler
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.