Definitions for doubtdaʊt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely.

  2. to distrust.

  3. Archaic. to fear.

  4. (v.i.)to be uncertain.

  5. (n.)a feeling of uncertainty.

  6. distrust or suspicion.

  7. a situation causing uncertainty.

Idioms for doubt:

  1. beyond (a or the shadow of) a doubt,with certainty; definitely.

    Category: Idiom

  2. in doubt,in a state of uncertainty.

    Category: Idiom

  3. no doubt, probably. certainly.

    Category: Idiom

  4. without doubt,certainly.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: doubt and doubtful may be followed by a subordinate clause beginning with that, whether, or if. Usage guides generally distinguish among these three words when used in a positive sentence, recommending that to express conviction (I doubt that they meant to offend you) and whether and if to indicate uncertainty: It's doubtful whether (or if) anyone actually saw the notice. The expressions doubt but and doubt but that occur in all varieties of standard speech and writing: I don't doubt but (that) she is sincere.doubt but what occurs mainly in informal speech and writing: There's no doubt but what the frost will hurt the crops.

Origin of doubt:

1175–1225; ME douten < AF, OF douter < L dubitāre to waver, hesitate, be uncertain (freq. of OL dubāre)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. doubt, uncertainty, incertitude, dubiety, doubtfulness, dubiousness(noun)

    the state of being unsure of something

  2. doubt, dubiousness, doubtfulness, question(verb)

    uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something

    "the dubiousness of his claim"; "there is no question about the validity of the enterprise"

  3. doubt(verb)

    consider unlikely or have doubts about

    "I doubt that she will accept his proposal of marriage"

  4. doubt(verb)

    lack confidence in or have doubts about

    "I doubt these reports"; "I suspect her true motives"; "she distrusts her stepmother"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. doubt(noun)ʊt

    uncertainty or mistrust of sb or sth

    a doubt about whether she was telling the truth; There's no doubt that he's an intelligent child.; serious doubts over forensic evidence

  2. doubtʊt


    It is now beyond doubt that the director lied.

  3. doubtʊt

    not certain

    The future of the TV show is in doubt.

  4. doubtʊt

    indicates you think or accept sth is true

    No doubt he'll arrive just before the end.

  5. doubtʊt

    indicates sth certain

    He is, without doubt, the kindest man I ever met.

  6. doubt(verb)ʊt

    to think sth is unlikely

    "Do you think he'll call tonight?" "I doubt it."; She doubted that he'd ever visited his mother.

  7. doubtʊt

    ≠ trust

    I have no reason to doubt her.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Doubt(verb)

    to waver in opinion or judgment; to be in uncertainty as to belief respecting anything; to hesitate in belief; to be undecided as to the truth of the negative or the affirmative proposition; to b e undetermined

  2. Doubt(verb)

    to suspect; to fear; to be apprehensive

  3. Doubt(verb)

    to question or hold questionable; to withhold assent to; to hesitate to believe, or to be inclined not to believe; to withhold confidence from; to distrust; as, I have heard the story, but I doubt the truth of it

  4. Doubt(verb)

    to suspect; to fear; to be apprehensive of

  5. Doubt(verb)

    to fill with fear; to affright

  6. Doubt(verb)

    a fluctuation of mind arising from defect of knowledge or evidence; uncertainty of judgment or mind; unsettled state of opinion concerning the reality of an event, or the truth of an assertion, etc.; hesitation

  7. Doubt(verb)

    uncertainty of condition

  8. Doubt(verb)

    suspicion; fear; apprehension; dread

  9. Doubt(verb)

    difficulty expressed or urged for solution; point unsettled; objection


  1. Doubt

    Doubt, a status between belief and disbelief, involves uncertainty or distrust or lack of sureness of an alleged fact, an action, a motive, or a decision. Doubt brings into question some notion of a perceived "reality", and may involve delaying or rejecting relevant action out of concerns for mistakes or faults or appropriateness. Some definitions of doubt emphasize the state in which the mind remains suspended between two contradictory propositions and unable to assent to either of them. The concept of doubt covers a range of phenomena: one can characterise both deliberate questioning of uncertainties and an emotional state of indecision as "doubt".

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'doubt' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1623

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'doubt' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1859

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'doubt' in Nouns Frequency: #566

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'doubt' in Verbs Frequency: #556

Translations for doubt

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to feel uncertain about, but inclined not to believe

I doubt if he'll come now; He might have a screwdriver, but I doubt it.

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