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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
be•lieve /bɪˈliv/USA pronunciation   v. [not: be + ~-ing], -lieved, -liev•ing. 
  1. [+ object] to have faith in the truth of:I can't believe that story.[+ (that) clause]I don't believe (that) the earth is flat.
  2. to have confidence in the statements of (a person):[+ object]If my daughter says she wasn't cheating, I believe her.
  3. to hold as an opinion; suppose;
    think: [+ (that) clause]I believe (that) they are out of town.[no object]Do you think they are coming? I believe so.
  4. believe in, [+ in + object]
    • to be sure of the truth or existence of:to believe in God.
    • to have faith in the reliability or honesty of;
      trust: I can help you only if you believe in me.
    • to accept that (something) is a good idea or is worthwhile:I believe in getting to work early.
be•liev•a•bil•i•ty /bɪˌlivəˈbɪlɪti/USA pronunciation  be•liev•a•ble•ness, n. [uncountable]the believability of your story.
be•liev•a•ble, adj.: Her story of rape is highly believable.
be•liev•a•bly, adv. 
be•liev•er, n. [countable]
be•liev•ing•ly, adv. 
    believe is a verb, belief is a noun, believable is an adjective:I don't believe you. Her religious beliefs guide her life. That story is not believable.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
be•lieve  (bi lēv),USA pronunciation v.,  -lieved, -liev•ing. 
v.i. 
  1. to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so:Only if one believes in something can one act purposefully.

v.t. 
  1. to have confidence or faith in the truth of (a positive assertion, story, etc.);
    give credence to.
  2. to have confidence in the assertions of (a person).
  3. to have a conviction that (a person or thing) is, has been, or will be engaged in a given action or involved in a given situation:The fugitive is believed to be headed for the Mexican border.
  4. to suppose or assume;
    understand (usually fol. by a noun clause):I believe that he has left town.
  5. believe in: 
    • to be persuaded of the truth or existence of:to believe in Zoroastrianism; to believe in ghosts.
    • to have faith in the reliability, honesty, benevolence, etc., of:I can help only if you believe in me.
  6. Idiomsmake believe. See  make (def. 46).
be•liev′a•bili•ty, be•lieva•ble•ness, n. 
be•lieva•ble, adj. 
be•lieva•bly, adv. 
be•liever, n. 
be•lieving•ly, adv. 
  • Middle English bileven, equivalent. to bi- be- + leven, Old English (Anglian) gelēfan (cognate with Dutch gelooven, German glauben, Gothic galaubjan) 1150–1200


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

believe /bɪˈliːv/ vb
  1. (tr; may take a clause as object) to accept (a statement, supposition, or opinion) as true: I believe God exists
  2. (transitive) to accept the statement or opinion of (a person) as true
  3. (intransitive) followed by in: to be convinced of the truth or existence (of): to believe in fairies
  4. (intransitive) to have religious faith
  5. (when tr, takes a clause as object) to think, assume, or suppose
  6. (tr; followed by of; used with can, could, would, etc) to think that someone is able to do (a particular action): I wouldn't have believed it of him
Etymology: Old English beliefan

beˈlievable adj beˈliever n



'believe' also found in these entries:
Collocations: believe in [God, ghosts, Santa Claus, the constitution], do you believe in [God]?, believe in [him, yourself, the kindness of strangers], more...

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