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Definitions of believe

  1. be confident about something; "I believe that he will come back from the war" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. accept as true; take to be true; "I believed his report"; "We didn't believe his stories from the War"; "She believes in spirits" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. credit with veracity; "You cannot believe this man"; "Should we believe a publication like the National Inquirer?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. follow a credo; have a religious faith; be a believer; "When you hear his sermons, you will be able to believe, too" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. judge or regard; look upon; judge; "I think he is very smart"; "I believe her to be very smart"; "I think that he is her boyfriend"; "The racist conceives such people to be inferior" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer; "When you hear his sermons, you will be able to believe, too" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To have a firm persuasion, esp. of the truths of religion; to have a persuasion approaching to certainty; to exercise belief or faith. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To think; to suppose. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. To accept as true, without personal knowledge; place confidence in; as, to believe the Bible; expect or hope. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. To have faith; be more or less sure of the truth of anything; to think or suppose. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Believer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. To regard as true: to trust in. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. To be firmly persuaded of anything: to exercise faith: to think or suppose. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. BELIEVINGLY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. To have faith. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. To regard as true; credit. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. To accept as true; be convinced of; credit; accept the word of; trust; think; suppose. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. To be persuaded of as true; to confide in; to think or suppose loosely. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. To trust in as true; to credit; to be persuaded of. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. be-l[=e]v', 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. [M. E. bileven--bi-, be-, and leven. Murray says that believe is an erroneous spelling of the 17th century, prob. after relieve. The A.S. form geléfan survived to the 14th century; the present compound, which superseded it, appears in the 12th century.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  22. Have faith in, trust word of, (person); put trust in truth of a statement, efficacy of a principle, system, machine, &c., existence of anything; give credence to (person, statement, &c., or that-clause); be of opinion that; make b., pretend. Hence believable a., believer n., believing a. [middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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