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 believing
But he insisted that CIA employees had tried their best, all the while believing that another attack was around the corner.John Brennan’s Tortured Defense of the CIA’s Torture Program|Shane Harris|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They practiced ceremonial cannibalism, believing the hearts of their victims would imbue them with power.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The marketing for the film was designed to intentionally mislead viewers into believing that it was based on a true story.Here’s Why Your Favorite Horror Movies Are So Left-Wing|Asawin Suebsaeng|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Oculus Rift essentially tricks your brain into believing what it sees is real.Welcome to Oculus XXX: In-Your-Face 3D is the Future of Porn|Aurora Snow|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So feminist includes the idea that believing men and women to be equal, believing all people to be people, is not a natural state.Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Why He’s Exploring the Word ‘Feminism’ and Online Misogyny|Marlow Stern|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It removed his guilt, hushed his fears, and filled him with joy and peace in believing.The Great Commission|C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
The promises made to believing prayer are explicit, numerous, and diversified.
That there are difficulties in the way of believing thus, I grant; that there are impossibilities, I deny.Hope of the Gospel|George MacDonald
Believing this statement, the Kurds wildly flew into the face of the big guns and many thousand were slain.Modern Persia|Mooshie G. Daniel
But it might be and was faith, before sense did blow out the act of believing.Letters of Samuel Rutherford|Samuel Rutherford
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.
see seeing is believing.
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.