- 1accept that (something) is true, especially without proof
- 2hold (something) as an opinion; think or suppose
Using believe: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "believe" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
I believe that he is telling the truth.
Do you believe in ghosts?
I find it hard to believe that she would do such a thing.
Many people believe that the Earth is flat.
believe Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using believe
have confidence in the truth, existence, reliability, or effectiveness of someone/something
I believe in you and your ability to succeed.
I had to rub my eyes to make sure I was believing my own eyes when I saw the incredible view from the mountaintop.
be skeptical about the existence or truth of someone/something until one has seen evidence of it
I'll believe it when I see it - I won't get my hopes up until I know for sure.
Phrases with believe
Believe it or not, I once saw a man walking his pet snake down the street.
the action of pretending or imagining oneself to be something one is not
The children were playing make-believe, pretending to be pirates on a ship.
can't believe one's ears/eyes
be unable to accept what one is hearing/seeing
I couldn't believe my ears when she told me the news.
Origins of believe
from Old English 'belēfan', meaning 'to have faith in'
Summary: believe in Brief
The verb 'believe' [bɪˈliːv] means to accept something as true, often without proof, or to hold something as an opinion. It can be used in phrases like 'believe it or not,' 'make-believe,' and 'can't believe one's ears/eyes.' Idioms include 'believe in someone/something,' 'believe one's own eyes,' and 'believe someone/something when one sees it.'