disbelieve

verb dis·be·lieve \ -ˈlēv \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of disbelieve

transitive verb
: to hold not worthy of belief : not believe
intransitive verb
: 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

Recent Examples of disbelieve from the Web

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First Known Use of disbelieve

circa 1644

disbelieve Synonyms

Synonyms
discredit, negate
Antonyms
accept, believe, credit, swallow
Related Words
deny, reject, repudiate; distrust, doubt, mistrust, suspect; debunk, disprove, refute; deride, pooh-pooh (also pooh), scoff (at)
Near Antonyms
trust

DISBELIEVE Defined for English Language Learners

disbelieve

verb

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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