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before long; soon.
Contemporary Examples

Michelle Obama’s Biggest Fashion Regret: belive it or not, FLOTUS too suffers from fashion remorse.
Michelle Obama’s Biggest Fashion Regret; LVMH Launches Contest for Emerging Designers The Fashion Beast Team November 20, 2013

Historical Examples

And that will lead the police to belive it was suicide you think?
Daisy Ashford: Her Book Daisy Ashford

I belive his Grace’s men had no good will to the work, and were brought their against their inclinations.
Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745. Mrs. Thomson

Ther’s one Bird was my tayler and I belive has my measur, or some old cloathes of mine, that he could make them by.
Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745. Mrs. Thomson

They had nott then gott the account there of the King’s arival, els I belive they had not atempted it.
Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745. Mrs. Thomson

I trusted you sufficiently, Jones, to belive you wouldn’t have brought me on a useless errand at such a time of awful anxiety.
The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. E. Rameur

I belive if the flag ship had not called us off Capt Clark would have went in along side of old Morro and give him a tutching up.
The Voyage of the Oregon from San Francisco to Santiago in 1898 R. Cross


Old English belifan “remain,” intransitive form of belæfan “cause to remain” (see beleave). A general Germanic word (cf. Gothic beleiban, Old High German biliban, German bleiben, Dutch blijven); confused in early Middle English with beleave and merged into it, which gave beleave two clashing senses (“to leave,” also “to remain”) which might be why the compound word, the cognate of important verbs in other Germanic languages, was abandoned in English and only leave (v.) remains.


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