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  1. be·lieve
    IPA[bəˈlēv]
  2. v. verb

    • 1. accept (something) as true; feel sure of the truth of:

      the superintendent believed Lancaster's story Christians believe that Jesus rose from the dead
      Synonym : be convinced by, trust, have confidence in, consider honest, consider truthful, regard as true, accept, be convinced by, give credence to, credit, trust, put confidence in, swallow, buy, go for
    • 2. accept the statement of (someone) as true:

      he didn't believe her or didn't want to know
    • 3. have faith, especially religious faith:

      there are those on the fringes of the Church who do not really believe
    • 4. feel sure that (someone) is capable of a particular action:

      I wouldn't have believed it of Lois—what an extraordinary woman!
    • 5. hold (something) as an opinion; think or suppose:

      I believe we've already met things were not as bad as the experts believed humu-humu are, I believe, shrimp fritters four men were believed to be trapped
      Synonym : think, be of the opinion that, have an idea that, imagine, suspect, suppose, assume, presume, take it, conjecture, surmise, conclude, deduce, understand, be given to understand, gather, fancy, guess, dare say, reckon, figure, ween
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: believe, 3rd person present: believes, gerund or present participle: believing, past tense: believed, past participle: believed

    • verb

      accept that (something) is true, especially without proof:

      accept the statement of (someone) as true:

    • n. noun

      the action of pretending or imagining, typically that things are better than they really are:
    • adjective

      imitating something real; pretend:
    • v. verb

      pretend; imagine:
    • have faith in the truth or existence of

      be of the opinion that (something) is right, proper, or desirable

    • noun

      the action of pretending or imagining that things are better than they really are:
    • adjective

      imitating something real:
    • verb

      pretend; imagine.
    • have faith in the truth or existence of

      be of the opinion that (something) is right or acceptable

    • used to express surprise at something one is relating
    • used to concede that a proposition or statement is surprising
    • used to express disbelief in the truth of a statement
    • used to emphasize the truth of a statement or assertion
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