Definition of believe
1a : to have a firm or wholehearted religious conviction or persuasion : to regard the existence of God as a fact Do you believe? —usually used with in believe in the Scripturesb : to accept something 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
1a : to consider to be true or honest believe the reports you wouldn't believe how long it tookb : 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
: to be astounded at I couldn't believe my luck
Examples of believe in a Sentence
I have watched the many ways that teachers demonstrate pleasure in what students have said or done. I used to believe that teachers needed to present a stoic face for fear of losing control—as if smiling caused bad behavior. —Nancy Mack, English Journal, September 2008
Scientists kept a close eye on Mount Saint Helens. The volcano in Washington State spewed steam and ash throughout the month, leading experts to believe that it could erupt at any time. —Time For Kids, 17 Dec. 2004
They parted as casually as any friends who believe they will meet in a few days. But each knew the other was in deadly peril of his life. —Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain, 1943
The scientists believed the reports.
Many people seem to believe that theory, but I find it hard to believe.
You shouldn't believe everything you read.
He says he'll help us, but I don't believe what he says.
They were tricked into believing that he was a doctor.
He says he'll help us, but I don't believe him.
She went to church because her family expected it, but she didn't really believe.
Recent Examples of believe from the Web
Meanwhile, Trump rose to power by ginning up the fervor of a supposedly small voting bloc that believed (wrongly) that its needs were being ignored.
Kinney believes the plane on the barge is the Electra, and that two of the people on the dock are Earhart and Noonan.
The documentary makers believe the photo was taken by someone who was spying on Japanese military activity in the Pacific for the United States.
Those were just the thefts reported; police believe there were others not reported.
Believe it or not, your color choices aren't limited to orange and red.
As a girl growing up in La Cañada, Laurie Gibson always believed in the power of words and storytelling.
A 27-year-old Philadelphia man believed pulled under water by the current was found dead Tuesday afternoon in the Delaware River in Bucks County more than an hour after he was reported missing.
Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer.
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BELIEVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of believe for English Language Learners
: to accept or regard (something) as true
: to accept the truth of what is said by (someone)
: to have (a specified opinion)
BELIEVE Defined for Kids
Definition of believe for Students
1 : to have faith or confidence in the existence or worth of I don't believe in ghosts. He believes in daily exercise.
2 : to accept as true Don't believe everything you read.
3 : to accept the word of They didn't believe me.
4 : to hold an opinion : think I believe I'll have more time later.
Legal Definition of believe
: to consider to be true or honest
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