Believe meaning

bĭ-lēv'
The definition of believe means to have confidence in the truth of something.

An example of believe is to have faith in God.

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To accept as true or real.

Do you believe the news stories?

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To credit with veracity.

I believe you.

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To expect or suppose; think.

I believe they will arrive shortly.

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To have confidence in a statement or promise of (another person)
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To take as true, real, etc.
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To have trust or confidence (in) as being true, real, good, etc.
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To have firm faith, especially religious faith.
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To have faith, confidence, or trust.

I believe in your ability to solve the problem.

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To have confidence in the truth or value of something.

We believe in free speech.

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To suppose or think.
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To accept that someone is telling the truth.

Why did I ever believe you?

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(intransitive) To have religious faith; to believe in a greater truth.

After that night in the church, I believed.

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To have religious faith.
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To have an opinion; think.

They have already left, I believe.

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To accept as true, particularly without absolute certainty (i.e., as opposed to knowing)

If you believe the numbers, you'll agree we need change.

I believe there are faeries.

I believe it might rain tomorrow. (Here, the speaker merely accepts the accuracy of the conditional.)

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To suppose or think.
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believe (one's) ears
  • To trust what one has heard.
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believe (one's) eyes
  • To trust what one has seen.
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Origin of believe

  • Middle English bileven from Old English belȳfan, belēfan, gelēfan leubh- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English beleven, bileven, from Old English belīefan (“to believe”), from Proto-Germanic *bilaubijaną (“to believe”), equivalent to be- +‎ leave (“to allow, permit”). Cognate with Scots beleve (“to believe”). Compare Old English ġelīefan (“to be dear to; believe, trust”), Old English ġelēafa (“belief, faith, confidence, trust”), Old English lēof ("dear, valued, beloved, pleasant, agreeable"; > English lief). Related also to North Frisian leauwjen (“to believe”), West Frisian leauwe (“to believe”), Dutch geloven (“to believe”), German glauben (“to believe”), Gothic (galaubjan, “to hold dear, valuable, or satisfactory, approve of, believe”).
    From Wiktionary