What does believe mean?

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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.

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  

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. Mary Trump:

    I saw firsthand what focusing on the wrong things, elevating the wrong people can do -- the collateral damage that can be created by allowing somebody to live their lives without accountability, if I can do anything to change the narrative and to tell the truth, I need to do it. Because I don't believe the American people had the entire truth four years ago.

  2. Mike Gibbons:

    You can't believe them. Josh Mandel is a politician ; J.D. Vance, a celebrity. Josh Mandel made Josh Mandel careers creating nothing but Josh Mandel own image. I made Mike Gibbons creating jobs.

  3. Thomas Jefferson:

    Perfect happiness I believe was never intended by the deity to be the lot of any one of his creatures in this world; but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it, is what I as stedfastly believe.

  4. Chief Executive Peter Wennink:

    We believe that for the remainder of the year we could see sales levels which are equal to the prognosis for the outlook for Q3, with some upside potential.

  5. Ilhan Omar:

    I've had a conversation with the Speaker and I'm very confident that she will take decisive action next week, as you know, when I first got to Congress, I was worried that I wasn't going to be allowed to be sworn in because there was a ban on the hijab. She promised me that she would take care of it. She fulfilled that promise. She's made another promise to me that she will take care of this, and I believe her.

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