verb (believed; believing) Etymology: Middle English beleven, from Old English belēfan, from be- + lȳfan, lēfan to allow, believe; akin to Old High German gilouben to believe, Old English lēof dear — more at love Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. a. to have a firm religious faith b. to accept as true, genuine, or real <
ideals we believe in
believes in ghosts
2. to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something <
believe in exercise
3. to hold an opinion ; think <
I believe so
transitive verb 1. a. to consider to be true or honest <
believe the reports
you wouldn't believe how long it took
b. to accept the word or evidence of <
I believe you
couldn't believe my ears
2. to hold as an opinion ; suppose <
I believe it will rain soon
believer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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