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Meaning of BELIEVE

Pronunciation:  bi'leev

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  accept as true; take to be true; "I believed his report"; "We didn't believe his stories from the War"; "She believes in spirits"
  2. [v]  credit with veracity; "You cannot believe this man"; "Should we believe a publication like the National Inquirer?"
  3. [v]  follow a credo; have a religious faith; be a believer; "When you hear his sermons, you will be able to believe, too"
  4. [v]  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"
  5. [v]  be confident about something; "I believe that he will come back from the war"

BELIEVE is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: conceive, consider, think
 Antonyms: disbelieve, discredit
 See Also: accept, anticipate, bank, believe, believe in, buy, credit, esteem, expect, feel, gather, hold, infer, judge, look on, look upon, misbelieve, reckon, regard, regard as, rely, repute, rethink, see, swallow, swear, take to be, think of, trust, understand, view



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Be*lieve"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Believed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Believing}.] [OE. bileven (with pref. be- for AS.
    ge-), fr. AS. gel?fan, gel?fan; akin to D. gelooven, OHG.
    gilouban, G. glauben, OS. gil?bian, Goth. galaubjan, and
    Goth. liubs dear. See {Lief}, a., {Leave}, 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.
          Our conqueror (whom I now Of force believe almighty).
          King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets ? --Acts
                                                   xxvi. 27.
          Often followed by a dependent clause. I believe that
          Jesus Christ is the Son of God.          --Acts viii.
    Syn: See {Expect}.
  2. \Be*lieve"\, v. i.
    1. To have a firm persuasion, esp. of the truths of religion;
       to have a persuasion approaching to certainty; to exercise
       belief or faith.
             Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. --Mark ix.
             With the heart man believeth unto righteousness.
                                                   --Rom. x. 10.
    2. To think; to suppose.
             I will not believe so meanly of you.  --Fielding.
    {To believe in}.
       (a) To believe that the subject of the thought (if a
           person or thing) exists, or (if an event) that it has
           occurred, or will occur; -- as, to believe in the
           resurrection of the dead. ``She does not believe in
           Jupiter.'' --J. H. Newman.
       (b) To believe that the character, abilities, and purposes
           of a person are worthy of entire confidence; --
           especially that his promises are wholly trustworthy.
           ``Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God,
           believe also in me.'' --John xiv. 1.
       (c) To believe that the qualities or effects of an action
           or state are beneficial: as, to believe in sea
           bathing, or in abstinence from alcoholic beverages.
    {To believe on}, to accept implicitly as an object of
       religious trust or obedience; to have faith in.
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