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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Be·lieve, v. i.
 1. To have a firm persuasion, esp. of the truths of religion; to have a persuasion approaching to certainty; to exercise belief or faith.
    Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.   --Mark ix. 24.
    With the heart man believeth unto righteousness.   --Rom. x. 10.
 2. To think; to suppose.
    I will not believe so meanly of you.   --Fielding.
 To believe in. (a) To believe that the subject of the thought (if a person or thing) exists, or (if an event) that it has occurred, or will occur; -- as, to believe in the resurrection of the dead.  “She does not believe in Jupiter.” --J. H. Newman. (b) To believe that the character, abilities, and purposes of a person are worthy of entire confidence; -- especially that his promises are wholly trustworthy. “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” --John xiv. 1. (c) To believe that the qualities or effects of an action or state are beneficial: as, to believe in sea bathing, or in abstinence from alcoholic beverages.
 To believe on, to accept implicitly as an object of religious trust or obedience; to have faith in.