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.
Origin of believe
Related Words for believedhold, consider, conclude, regard, accept, admit, understand, have, suppose, trust, think, feel, maintain, expect, presume, suspect, speculate, take, buy, affirm
Examples from the Web for believed
Contemporary Examples of 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
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
December 27, 2014
The Castros are the latest in a long line of despots he believed he could negotiate with.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
According to police sources, was believed to have visited New York City sometime last week.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish
December 22, 2014
Historically Democrats, like Republicans, believed in American Exceptionalism.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
Historical Examples of believed
I have sought for thee throughout the world, and at last I believed thee dead.
The fable is fanciful and pleasing in itself; but will it not hereafter be believed as reality?
Might not the same history be told of much that is believed?
I do not presume to decide whether all that is believed has the inward significancy.
It had been folly enough while he believed that she stood ready to accept him and his wealth.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
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.