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[v] accept as true; take to be true; "I believed his report"; "We didn't believe his stories from the War"; "She believes in spirits"
[v] credit with veracity; "You cannot believe this man"; "Should we believe a publication like the National Inquirer?"
[v] follow a credo; have a religious faith; be a believer; "When you hear his sermons, you will be able to believe, too"
[v] 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"
[v] be confident about something; "I believe that he will come back from the war"


conceive, consider, think


disbelieve, discredit

Misc. Definitions

\Be*lieve"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Believed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Believing}.] [OE. bileven (with pref. be- for AS. ge-), fr. AS. gel?fan, gel?fan; akin to D. gelooven, OHG. gilouban, G. glauben, OS. gil?bian, Goth. galaubjan, and Goth. liubs dear. See {Lief}, a., {Leave}, n.] 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. 2
7. Often followed by a dependent clause. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. --Acts viii. 3
7. 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. 2
4. With the heart man believeth unto righteousness. --Rom. x.
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.

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