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Definition of "believe" []

  • To accept as true or real: Do you believe the news stories? (verb-transitive)
  • To credit with veracity: I believe you. (verb-transitive)
  • To expect or suppose; think: I believe they will arrive shortly. (verb-transitive)
  • To have firm faith, especially religious faith. (verb-intransitive)
  • To have faith, confidence, or trust: I believe in your ability to solve the problem. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "believe" in a sentence
  • "_ Yes, yes, _said the other_, I believe she is: _But I believe_, said I, _You but taak'n all this while, for no Body mun do such things."
  • "Doubt strikes at the root of Justice and of Love -- not the doubt that is the half-brother to Disbelief, but the doubt which wonders always and always if we believe most easily what we _want to believe_, and if our firmest conviction against such Belief is not, more than anything else, yet one more manifestation of what we desire so earnestly _to doubt_."
  • "And while we believe that such efforts are praiseworthy for the reason that many persons must be first convinced in that way, still we feel that one must really _feel_ the truth of the doctrine from something within his own consciousness, before he will really _believe_ it to be truth."