Be·lieve v. t. [imp. & p. p. Believed p. pr. & vb. n. Believing.] 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.
Our conqueror (whom I now
Of force believe almighty). --Milton.
King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets ? --Acts xxvi. 27.
Often followed by a dependent clause.
I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. --Acts viii. 37.
Syn: -- See Expect.
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.
v 1: accept as true; take to be true; "I believed his report";
"We didn't believe his stories from the War"; "She
believes in spirits" [ant: disbelieve]
2: 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" [syn: think, consider, conceive]
3: be confident about something; "I believe that he will come
back from the war" [syn: trust]
4: follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer; "When you hear
his sermons, you will be able to believe, too"
5: credit with veracity; "You cannot believe this man"; "Should
we believe a publication like the National Inquirer?"