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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.