- a principle, proposition, idea, etc, accepted as true
- opinion; conviction
- religious faith
- trust or confidence, as in a person or a person's abilities, probity, etc
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- something believed[countable]a deep belief in his ability to succeed.
- confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof[uncountable]My belief in God has nothing to do with my scientific inquiries.
- [uncountable] confidence; faith;
trust: children's belief in their parents.
- Religion something believed as a part of faith[countable]religious beliefs.
- something believed;
an opinion or conviction:a belief that the earth is flat.
- confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof:a statement unworthy of belief.
- confidence; faith;
trust:a child's belief in his parents.
- a religious tenet or tenets;
religious creed or faith:the Christian belief.
replacing Middle English bileave, equivalent. to bi- be- + leave;
compare Old English gelēafa (cognate with Dutch geloof, German Glaube;
akin to Gothic galaubeins)