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.