[bɪ'liːv] or [bɪ'liv]


(verb.) accept as true; take to be true; 'I believed his report'; 'We didn't believe his stories from the War'; 'She believes in spirits'.

(verb.) credit with veracity; 'You cannot believe this man'; 'Should we believe a publication like the National Enquirer?'.

(verb.) follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer; 'When you hear his sermons, you will be able to believe, too'.

(verb.) be confident about something; 'I believe that he will come back from the war'.

Inputed by Billy--From WordNet


(n.) To exercise belief in; to credit upon the authority or testimony of another; to be persuaded of the truth of, upon evidence furnished by reasons, arguments, and deductions of the mind, or by circumstances other than personal knowledge; to regard or accept as true; to place confidence in; to think; to consider; as, to believe a person, a statement, or a doctrine.

(v. i.) To have a firm persuasion, esp. of the truths of religion; to have a persuasion approaching to certainty; to exercise belief or faith.

(v. i.) To think; to suppose.

Inputed by Josiah

Synonyms and Synonymous

v. a. Credit, give credit to, think to be true, give faith to, put faith in, rely upon, make no doubt of, put confidence in.

v. n. [1]. Exercise faith, have faith, have a firm persuasion.[2]. Think, suppose, conceive, fancy, apprehend, imagine, hold. OPINE, be of opinion, entertain the idea, take it.

Checked by Bertrand


v.t. to regard as true: to trust in.—v.i. to be firmly persuaded of anything: to exercise faith (with in on): to think or suppose.—n. Belief′ persuasion of the truth of anything: faith: the opinion or doctrine believed: intuition natural judgment (as used by some philosophers).—adjs. Belief′less; Believ′able that may be believed.—n. Believ′er one who believes: a professor of Christianity.—p.adj. Believ′ing trustful.—adv. Believ′ingly.—The Belief (arch.) the Apostles' Creed.—To make believe to pretend.

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