disbelieve

verb dis·be·lieve \ -ˈlēv \
Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of disbelieve

: to hold not worthy of belief : not believe
: to withhold or reject belief

disbeliever

noun

Examples of disbelieve in a Sentence

  1. Several jurors disbelieved the witness's testimony.

  2. many disbelieved the medium's claims that she could communicate with the spirits of the dead

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First Known Use of disbelieve

circa 1644

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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disbelieve Synonyms

Synonyms

discredit, negate;

Antonyms

accept, believe, credit, swallow;

Near Antonyms

trust;


DISBELIEVE Defined for English Language Learners

disbelieve

Definition of disbelieve for English Language Learners

  • : to not believe (someone or something)


DISBELIEVE Defined for Kids

disbelieve

verb dis·be·lieve \ ˌdis-bə-ˈlēv \

Definition of disbelieve for Students

disbelieved; disbelieving
: to think not to be true or real
  • The jury disbelieved the story.


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