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believe


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Believe  \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.  27. 
 
  Often  followed  by  a  dependent  clause.  I  believe  that 
  Jesus  Christ  is  the  Son  of  God.  --Acts  viii. 
  37. 
 
  Syn:  See  {Expect}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Believe  \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 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  believe 
  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  religious  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?" 




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