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.
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.
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.
Idioms about believe
- be·liev·a·bil·i·ty [bih-leev-uh-bil-i-tee], /bɪˌliv əˈbɪl ɪ ti/, be·liev·a·ble·ness, noun
- be·liev·a·ble, adjective
- be·liev·a·bly, adverb
- be·liev·er, noun
- be·liev·ing·ly, adverb
- half-be·lieved, adjective
- half-be·liev·ing, adjective
- pre·be·lieve, verb, pre·be·lieved, pre·be·liev·ing.
- su·per·be·liev·a·ble, adjective
- su·per·be·liev·a·ble·ness, noun
- su·per·be·liev·a·bly, adverb
- well-be·lieved, adjective
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How to use believe in a sentence
Once I started using this model, I couldn’t believe how much diarrhea, vomiting, and general malaise I had put myself through to avoid the simple three-minute process of filtering my water.The High-Capacity Water Filter You Need for Base Camp | Joe Jackson | November 20, 2020 | Outside Online
The state was plunged into one of the strictest lockdowns in the world on Thursday, after contact tracers believed a man became infected after buying a takeaway pizza.A pizza shop worker lied to contract tracers—prompting unfounded fears of a new COVID-19 strain | kdunn6 | November 20, 2020 | Fortune
Though it was ultimately stripped from the bill, Choi believes blockchain and crypto will find success in Washington.The cashless economy: How fintech is approaching the future of finance | McKenna Moore | November 19, 2020 | Fortune
On the acquisition side, the company plans to buy only profitable businesses with $2 million to $20 million in revenue that it believes can be ten times larger, investing between $3 million to $20 million in a company.Investors are betting that the next Warby Parker will spring from Amazon | Lucinda Shen | November 18, 2020 | Fortune
“We believe the labels point to a broader conversation so that people can see what’s happening with the election and with the results,” Twitter’s Dorsey responded under fire.Senators attack Facebook and Twitter over labeling election misinformation | Danielle Abril | November 17, 2020 | Fortune
Scruff believes that sex is not the primary concern of users.
He has said he believes Al Sharpton is a “race pimp” and a pig.How James Woods Became Obama’s Biggest Twitter Troll | Asawin Suebsaeng | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Wisner continues to feel angry toward the agency because she believes she was misled.
Saleem believes that the strike came from a nearby airbase across the Iranian border.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan | Umar Farooq | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
All because Murthy believes that gun violence, which kills an average of 86 Americans every day, is a public health issue.
Deppe believes that one must go through successive steps of preparation before one is fitted to attack the great concert works.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
He believes, he has an instinct, that here is the heel of the German Colossus, otherwise immune to our arrows.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
He believes in its superior virtues, and ascribes to it more good qualities than to any other known plant.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
You can see that she believes her play was slighted and that it is a great deal better than yours, Jess.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
The man believes every word he says, and his power of rousing strong emotion has seldom been equalled.The Chequers | James Runciman
British Dictionary definitions for believe
(tr; may take a clause as object) to accept (a statement, supposition, or opinion) as true: I 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 suppose: I 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
- believability, noun
- believable, adjective
- believably, adverb
- believer, noun
- believing, noun, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with believe
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.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.