Believe

Definition of Believe

Be`lieve´
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Believed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Believing.]
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.
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.
b - To believe that the character, abilities, and purposes of a person are worthy of entire confidence; - especially that his promises are wholly trustworthy.
- J. H. Newman.
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.
- John xiv. 1.
To believe on
to accept implicitly as an object of religious trust or obedience; to have faith in.

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