believe has definitions from the field of religion
[ verb ] accept as true; take to be true


"I believed his report" "We didn't believe his stories from the War" "She believes in spirits"

Used in print

(The New York Times,...)

He is publicly on record as believing Mr._De_Sapio should be replaced for the good of the party .

Apparently he believes Mr._Buckley holds the key to the Democratic organization 's acceptance of his choices for running_mates without a struggle .

A political_scientist writes_of the growth of `` alienated voters '' , who `` believe that voting is useless because politicians or those who influence politicians are corrupt , selfish and beyond popular control .

(The Philadelphia Inquirer,...)

It was first believed the bomb was rigged to the car 's starter .

(Los Angeles Times,...)

Rather_than viewing the abortive recovery in 1959 - 60 as a reason for believing we have lost prospects for growth `` , he said '' it should be viewed_as a lesson well learned which will increase the probability of substantial improvement in_this recovery `` .

[ verb ] 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"

Used in print

(Harold Rosenberg, "The Trial and Eichmann"...)

Yes , he believed that the Jews were `` enemies of the Reich '' , and such a belief is , of_course , typical of `` patriotic '' anti-Semites ; but he believed in the Jew as enemy in a kind of abstract , theological way , like a member of a cult speculating on the nature of things .

(James Boylan, "Mutinity"...)

Second , they believed it important to determine the fate of the captain - a man whose name is permanently stamped on our maps , on American towns and counties , on a great American river , and on half a_million square_miles of Arctic seas .

(L. Don Leet and Florence J. Leet, editors, The World of...)

The luminosity of the water is now believed to have been caused by the stimulation of vast numbers of the luminescent organism Noctiluca_miliaris by the turbulence of the sea .

(David Boroff, "Jewish Teen-Age Culture"...)

They discovered that , although 42 per_cent of a sample of Catholic students and 15 per_cent of the Protestants believed it important to live in accordance with the teachings of their religion , only 8 per_cent of the Jewish students had this conviction .

(Arlin Turner, "William Faulkner, Southern Novelist"...)

They have indicated the direction but they have not been explicit enough , I believe , in pointing_out Faulkner 's independence , his questioning if not indeed challenging the Southern tradition .

[ verb ] be confident about something




"I believe that he will come back from the war"

Used in print

(Bell I. Wiley, "Home Letters of Johnny Reb and Billy...)

After he had been away from home about a year he wrote : `` [ Dear Wife ] If I did not write and receive letters from you I believe that I would forgit that I was married I do n't feel much like a maryed man but I never forgit it sofar_as to court enny other lady but if I should you must forgive me as I am so forgitful '' .

(Brainard Cheney, "Christianity and the Tragic Vision-Ut...)

That John_Locke 's philosophy of the social_contract fathered the American_Revolution with its Declaration_of_Independence , I believe , we generally accept .

(Mignon G. Eberhart, The Cup, the Blade...)

There was no way to know , no way to guess whether any one of them was surprised at Sarah 's appearance , believing her to be drugged and senseless - and just possibly dead .

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[ verb ] (religion) follow a credo; have a religious faith; be a believer


"When you hear his sermons, you will be able to believe, too"

Used in print

(Tracts published by American Tract Society,...)

`` God so loved the world , that he gave his only begotten Son , that whosoever believeth in him should not perish , but have everlasting life '' , and `` as_many as received him , to them gave he power to become the sons of God , even to them that believe on his name '' .

It is to those who believe on His name and belong to Him that He gives His peace ; not that empty peace the world offers , but a deep , abiding peace which nothing can destroy .

(Ernest Becker, Zen: A Rational Critique. New York: W.W....)

Men believed they could control nature by obeying a moral code .

(Selma Jeanne Cohen, "Avant-Garde Choreography"...)

Midi_Garth also believes in subjective continuity that begins with the feeling engendered by an initial movement .

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misbelieve religion

[ verb ] credit with veracity


: "You cannot believe this man" "Should we believe a publication like the "national Inquirer?"

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