Definition of Believe

1. Verb. Accept as true; take to be true. "They believe him to write the letter"; "She believes in spirits"

Specialized synonyms: Infer, Understand, Swallow, Buy, Bank, Rely, Swear, Trust, Believe In
Generic synonyms: Accept
Derivative terms: Belief, Believable, Believer
Antonyms: Disbelieve

2. Verb. Judge or regard; look upon; judge. "They believe that there was a traffic accident "; "The racist conceives such people to be inferior"

3. Verb. Be confident about something. "They believe that there was a traffic accident "; "I believe that he will come back from the war"
Exact synonyms: Trust
Generic synonyms: Anticipate, Expect
Derivative terms: Belief, Trust, Truster

4. Verb. Follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer. "When you hear his sermons, you will be able to believe, too"
Category relationships: Faith, Religion, Religious Belief
Specialized synonyms: Misbelieve
Derivative terms: Believer

5. Verb. Credit with veracity. "Should we believe a publication like the National Enquirer?"
Generic synonyms: Credit
Derivative terms: Believable

Definition of Believe

1. v. t. 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.

2. v. i. To have a firm persuasion, esp. of the truths of religion; to have a persuasion approaching to certainty; to exercise belief or faith.

Definition of Believe

1. Verb. (transitive) To think something is true without having proof or empirical evidence. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To accept that someone is telling the truth. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To accept as true. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To have religious faith; to believe in a greater truth. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To consider likely. ¹

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Definition of Believe

1. to accept as true or real [v -LIEVED, -LIEVING, -LIEVES]

Medical Definition of Believe

1. 1. To have a firm persuasion, especially. 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. 24) "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. 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." . 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." . 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Believe

belief systems
believe (current term)
believe in
believe it or not
believe one's eyes
believe you me
believed in
believes in

Literary usage of Believe

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Confessions of S. Augustine by Augustine, Edward Bouverie Pusey (1838)
"which taunted its opponents, " ye rashly believe every thing, ... First, because I came not to believe things unknown, but to know things certain, ..."

2. Ezra Stiles Gannett, Unitarian Minister in Boston, 1824-1871: A Memoir by William Channing Gannett (1875)
"We believe in His universal, constant, and righteous providence, ... We believe in His moral government, which He exercises over all beings endowed with ..."

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