An example of believe is to have faith in God.
Do you believe the news stories?
I believe you.
I believe they will arrive shortly.
I believe in your ability to solve the problem.
We believe in free speech.
Why did I ever believe you?
After that night in the church, I believed.
They have already left, I believe.
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.)
- To trust what one has heard.
- To trust what one has seen.
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”).