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believe at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


believe at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

O.E. belyfan, earlier geleafa (Mercian), gelefa (Northumbrian), gelyfan (W.Saxon) "believe," from P.Gmc. *ga-laubjan "hold dear, love," from PIE base *leubh- "to like, desire" (see love). Spelling beleeve is common till 17c.; then altered perhaps by influence of relieve. As a synonym for "Christian," believer is attested from 1549. To believe on instead of in was more common in 16c. but now is a peculiarity of theology; believe of also sometimes was used in 17c. ///

believe at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v [Language: Old English; Origin: belefan, from lyfan, lefan 'to allow, believe']//
1 [T not in progressive] to be sure that something is true or that someone is telling the truth: --You shouldn't believe everything you read.// --I believed him, even though his story sounded unlikely.// believe (that)// --I don't believe he's only 25.// --I don't believe a word of it (=I think it is completely untrue) .//
2 [T not in progressive] to think that something is true or possible, although you are not completely sure: believe (that)// --Detectives believe that the victim knew his killer.// it is believed (that)// --It is believed that the house was built in 1735.// believe so (=think that something is true) // --'Have they arrived yet?' 'Yes, I believe so.'// be believed to be sth// --At 115, Mrs Jackson is believed to be the oldest person in the country.// --The four men are widely believed (=believed by a lot of people) to have been killed by their captors.// --Did you honestly believe that I'd be stupid enough to do that?// --I firmly believe that the business will be a success.//
3 it's difficult/hard to believe (that): used when you are surprised that something is true// --Sometimes, it's hard to believe we've been married for 50 years.//
4 spoken can't/don't believe sth: used when you are very surprised or shocked by something// --I can't believe he's expecting us to work on Sunday as well!// --I couldn't believe it when he told me what had happened.// can hardly/scarcely believe sth // --I could scarcely believe my luck.//
5 spoken believe it or not: used when you are saying something that is true but surprising// --He enjoys school, believe it or not.//
6 spoken would you believe it!: or I don't believe it! // used when you are surprised or angry about something// --And then he just walked out. Would you believe it!//
7 spoken believe (you) me: used to emphasize that something is definitely true// --There'll be trouble when they find out about this, believe you me!//
8 spoken you'd better believe it!: used to emphasize that something is true//
9 spoken don't you believe it!: used to emphasize that something is definitely not true//
10 spoken can't believe your eyes/ears: used to say that someone is very surprised by something they see or hear//
11 spoken if you believe that, you'll believe anything: used to say that something is definitely not true, and that anyone who believes it must be stupid//
12 spoken seeing is believing: or I'll believe it when I see it// used to say that you will only believe that something happens or exists when you actually see it//
13 [I] to have a religious faith: --She says those who believe will go to heaven.// make believe at make1 (19)// believe in / [believe in sb/sth] phr v//
1 to be sure that someone or something exists: --Do you believe in God?//
2 to think that something is effective or right: --I don't believe in all these silly diets.// believe in doing sth// --The school believes in letting children learn at their own pace.//
3 to trust someone and be confident that they will be successful: --The people want a President they can believe in.// --You've got to believe in yourself, or you'll never succeed.// ----------// WORD CHOICE: believe, believe in // If you believe something, you think it is true. If you believe someone, you think they are telling the truth : Nobody believed what I said.| I didn't do it - you've got to believe me! // Use believe in to mean // that you think something exists : Do you believe in God? // that you think that something is good : He doesn't believe in private education. // that you think someone is good and will achieve good things : My mother always believed in me. // ----------//

believe at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

86 Moby Thesaurus words for "believe":
accept, accept for gospel, accept implicitly, accredit, admit,
allow, assume, be afraid, be certain, be pious, be religious,
believe in, believe without reservation, buy, conceive, conclude,
confide in, conjecture, consider, credit, daresay, deduce, deem,
divine, dream, expect, fancy, fear God, feel, gather,
give faith to, grant, have confidence in, have faith,
have faith in, hold, hope in, imagine, infer, keep the faith, let,
let be, love God, maintain, make believe, opine,
place confidence in, place reliance in, prefigure, presume,
presuppose, presurmise, pretend, provisionally accept,
put faith in, put trust in, receive, reckon, rely on, rely upon,
repose confidence in, repose in, repute, rest in, say, sense,
set store by, suppose, surmise, suspect, swallow, swear by, take,
take for, take for granted, take it, take on faith, take on trust,
take stock in, take to be, think, trust, trust in, trust in God,
trust to, understand

Believe at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Believe \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}.

Believe \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.

believe at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

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

believe at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » beleven|lang=enm, Inter: term » bileven|lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » beliefan|belīefan|to believe|lang=ang, from Inter: etyl » gem-pro|en Inter: recons » bilaubijanan||to believe|lang=gem-pro, equivalent to Inter: prefix » be|leave|t2=to allow, permit. Cognate with Inter: etyl » sco|- Inter: term » beleve||to believe|lang=sco. Compare Inter: etyl » ang|- Inter: term » geliefan|ġelīefan|to be dear to; believe, trust|lang=ang, Inter: etyl » ang|- Inter: term » geleafa|ġelēafa|belief, faith, confidence, trust|lang=ang, Inter: etyl » ang|- Inter: term » leof|lēof|lang=ang Inter: gloss » "dear, valued, beloved, pleasant, agreeable"; > English {{term|lief|lang=en}}. Related also to Inter: etyl » frr|- Inter: term » leauwjen||to believe|lang=frr, Inter: etyl » fy|- Inter: term » leauwe||to believe|lang=fy, Inter: etyl » nl|- Inter: term » geloven||to believe|lang=nl, Inter: etyl » de|- Inter: term » glauben||to believe|lang=de, Inter: etyl » got|- {{term|