What does BELIEVE mean?

Definitions for BELIEVE

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. believeverb

    accept as true; take to be true

    "I believed his report"; "We didn't believe his stories from the War"; "She believes in spirits"

  2. think, believe, consider, conceiveverb

    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"

  3. believe, trustverb

    be confident about something

    "I believe that he will come back from the war"

  4. believeverb

    follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer

    "When you hear his sermons, you will be able to believe, too"

  5. believeverb

    credit with veracity

    "You cannot believe this man"; "Should we believe a publication like the National Enquirer?"


  1. believeverb

    To think something is true without having proof or empirical evidence.

  2. believeverb

    To accept that someone is telling the truth.

    Why did I ever believe you?

  3. believeverb

    To accept as true.

    If you believe the numbers, you'll agree we need change.

  4. believeverb

    To have religious faith; to believe in a greater truth.

    After that night in the church, I believed.

  5. believeverb

    To consider likely.

    I believe it might rain tomorrow.(This definition is the same as "to accept as true", but for a likely event "might rain tomorrow").

  6. Etymology: From beleven, bileven, from beliefan, from bilaubijanan, equivalent to. Cognate with beleve. Compare geliefan, geleafa, leof. Related also to leauwjen, leauwe, geloven, glauben,.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To BELIEVEverb

    Etymology: gelyfan, Saxon.

    A proposition, which they are persuaded, but do not know to be true, it is not seeing, but believing. John Locke.

    Ten thousand things there are, which we believe merely upon the authority or credit of those who have spoken or written of them. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    The people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. Exodus, xix. 9.

  2. To Believeverb

    They may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee. Genesis, xlv.

    Now God be prais’d, that, to believing souls,
    Gives light in darkness, comfort in despair. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans, x. 10.

    Believe in the Lord your God, so shall you be established. 2 Chron. xx. 20.

    To them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. John, i. 12.

    Though they are, I believe, as high as most steeples in England, yet a person, in his drink, fell down, without any other hurt than the breaking of an arm. Joseph Addison, on Italy.


  1. Believe

    Believe is a song written by Ronnie Dunn and Craig Wiseman, and recorded by American country music duo Brooks & Dunn. It was released in October 2005 as the second single from their album Hillbilly Deluxe, and it won the Country Music Association's 2006 awards for Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Music Video of the Year.


  1. believe

    Believe can be defined as having faith, conviction, or confidence in something or someone. It involves accepting something as true or real without necessarily having concrete evidence or proof. Belief is often influenced by personal experiences, emotions, values, or cultural norms. It can also serve as a guiding principle or outlook that shapes a person's thoughts, actions, and decisions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Believenoun

    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. Believeverb

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

  3. Believeverb

    to think; to suppose


  1. Believe

    "Believe" is a song by American recording artist Cher. It was released on October 19, 1998 as the lead single from her twenty-third studio album of the same name. It was written by Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennen, Paul Barry, Steven Torch, Matthew Gray, and Timothy Powell and produced by Mark Taylor and Brian Rawling. It has since become one of the best-selling singles of all time, having sold 11 million copies worldwide. It won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording at the 42nd Grammy Awards and also received a nomination for Record of the Year. It was also voted as the world's eighth favourite song in a poll released by BBC. Musically, "Believe" is a dance-pop song that incorporates elements of techno, Eurodance and house music. It also uses heavy amounts of Auto-Tune, which has since become one of the song's most notable features. The song has received positive reviews from music critics, with some calling the song "catchy" and the "best thing Cher has recorded in years". It topped the charts in more than ten countries worldwide, becoming one of the most commercially successful singles to date. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA, selling more than 1 million in the United States.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Believe

    be-lēv′, v.t. to regard as true: to trust in.—v.i. to be firmly persuaded of anything: to exercise faith (with in, on): to think or suppose.—n. Belief′, persuasion of the truth of anything: faith: the opinion or doctrine believed: intuition, natural judgment (as used by some philosophers).—adjs. Belief′less; Believ′able, that may be believed.—n. Believ′er, one who believes: a professor of Christianity.—p.adj. Believ′ing, trustful.—adv. Believ′ingly.—The Belief (arch.), the Apostles' Creed.—To make believe, to pretend. [M. E. bilevenbi-, be-, and leven. Murray says that believe is an erroneous spelling of the 17th century, prob. after relieve. The A.S. form geléfan survived to the 14th century; the present compound, which superseded it, appears in the 12th century.]

Editors Contribution

  1. believe

    To accept as a facet of our knowing.

    We can believe in something and with education or intuition and thinking through with logic we can then change what we believe.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 19, 2020  

  2. believe

    To act and be confident and know what we focus on we create in order of priority, the universes truth and the collective plan for the evolution of humanity.

    They did believe that they could both together arrange their wedding within three months with moderate effort and simplicity.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 19, 2020  

  3. believenoun

    To be present or occupy a place of position in space to exist in equal unity that electron-volts have. 1.) accept something as true; feel sure of the truth of accepting the statement of someone as true by faith and facts.

    I believe we are one because the human body has the same amount of atoms as people on the planet earth.

    Etymology: Beleif

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on April 1, 2024  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BELIEVE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #465

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BELIEVE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #367

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BELIEVE' in Verbs Frequency: #58

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BELIEVE in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BELIEVE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of BELIEVE in a Sentence

  1. Mark Meadows:

    There are two or three individuals that we believe could have potentially given false testimony to Congress.

  2. Kate Starbird:

    What I predict we'll continue to see is consolidation around a couple of narratives that have more staying power that fit into this false meta-narrative of voter fraud that continue and persist, these will persist for years or even decades, unfortunately, because people are very motivated to both participate in them and believe them.

  3. Debra Tice:

    In the video, Debra Tice wasbound andblindfolded and at one point forced to recite a prayer in broken Arabic. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP There has been no word on Tices whereabouts since the video was made public.Tices family said they, and other credible sources, believe he is still alive. The question is who is going to stand in the way of the President of the United States bringing our son home ? and who would want to do that ?

  4. Former President Bill Clinton:

    The things we take for granted which are not present elsewhere, are the things I believe we should focus our partnerships on, there is no better place to prove the point than in the Ebola-affected countries. There is no better place to spend the money.

  5. Tom Perez:

    Health care is absolutely a right in this country, or should be, we believe that as Democrats. Republicans don't appear to believe that.

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