to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so:
Only if one believes in something can one act purposefully.
to have confidence or faith in the truth of (a positive assertion, story, etc.); give credence to.
to have confidence in the assertions of (a person).
to have a conviction that (a person or thing) is, has been, or will be engaged in a given action or involved in a given situation:
The fugitive is believed to be headed for the Mexican border.
to suppose or assume; understand (usually followed by a noun clause):
I believe that he has left town.
to be persuaded of the truth or existence of:
to believe in Zoroastrianism; to believe in ghosts.
to have faith in the reliability, honesty, benevolence, etc., of:
I can help only if you believe in me.
make believe. make1 (def 68).
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(transitive; may take a clause as object) to accept (a statement, supposition, or opinion) as true: I believe God exists
(transitive) to accept the statement or opinion of (a person) as true
(intransitive) foll by in. to be convinced of the truth or existence (of): to believe in fairies
(intransitive) to have religious faith
(when transitive, takes a clause as object) to think, assume, or suppose: I believe that he has left already
(transitive; foll by of; used with can, could, would, etc) to think that someone is able to do (a particular action): I wouldn’t have believed it of him
believe it or not
believe one’s ears
to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so: Only if one believes in something can one act purposefully. to have confidence or faith in the truth of (a positive assertion, story, etc.); give credence to. to have confidence in […]
very likely; perhaps; probably. Historical Examples The History of the Reformation of Religion in Scotland John Knox The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy It Might Have Been Emily Sarah Holt Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys The Men of the Moss-Hags S. R. Crockett Shining Ferry Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Clarissa, Volume 3 […]
a female given name: from an Old Spanish word meaning “beautiful.”. Contemporary Examples What Psychic Sylvia Brown Didn’t See Winston Ross May 9, 2013 Hardcore Mixed With Honey: ‘Bitter Rivals’ and the Evolution of Sleigh Bells Amy Zimmerman October 29, 2013 Biographer Recounts Romney’s Many Trips to Mormon Church to Discuss Social Issues Wayne Barrett […]
a.d. 505?–565, general of the Eastern Roman Empire. Historical Examples Procopius Procopius Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847 Various The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edward Gibbon Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847 Various Pretty Michal Mr Jkai Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. […]