What does believe mean?

Definitions for believe
bɪˈlivbe·lieve

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word believe.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. believe(verb)

    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, conceive(verb)

    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, trust(verb)

    be confident about something

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

  4. believe(verb)

    follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer

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

  5. believe(verb)

    credit with veracity

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

Wiktionary

  1. believe(Verb)

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

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

  2. believe(Verb)

    To accept that someone is telling the truth.

    Why did I ever believe you?

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

  3. believe(Verb)

    To accept as true.

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

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

  4. believe(Verb)

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

    After that night in the church, I believed.

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

  5. believe(Verb)

    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").

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Believe(noun)

    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. Believe(verb)

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

  3. Believe(verb)

    to think; to suppose

Freebase

  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

How to pronounce believe?

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How to say believe in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Linda Wasmer Andrews:

    Free play is as good for developing minds as it is for growing bodies, through unfettered play, children interact with their world and stretch their creativity. To watch young children engaged in make-believe play is to be in awe of undiluted imagination.

  2. Public Safety Sgt. Evan Antley:

    At this time I want to assure you, our community and all of our parents out there, that we have no reason to believe that there is an active threat in the... community or the city of Cayce as a whole, we have no suspects at this time. We have made no arrests and we are not seeking any persons of interest as of this time.

  3. Wilson Mizner:

    I hate careless flattery, the kind that exhausts you in your effort to believe it.

  4. Karen Smith:

    I still can't believe it. I don't want to put her down, she's probably going to sleep in the bed with me tonight, and we are going to cover that hole up.

  5. Sharon Morsink:

    At some level, the majority of physicists believe that Einsteins theory of gravity, called general relativity, is correct. However, that belief is mainly based on observations of phenomena taking place in regions of space with weak gravity, while Einsteins theory of gravity is meant to explain phenomena taking place near really strong gravitational fields, neutron stars and black holes are the objects that have the strongest known gravitational fields, so any test of gravity that involves these objects really test the heart of Einsteins gravity theory.

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