believe Definition

  • 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!

  • Example

    I believe that he is telling the truth.

  • Example

    Do you believe in ghosts?

  • Example

    I find it hard to believe that she would do such a thing.

  • Example

    Many people believe that the Earth is flat.

believe Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using believe

  • believe in someone/something

    have confidence in the truth, existence, reliability, or effectiveness of someone/something


    I believe in you and your ability to succeed.

  • accept what one is seeing as true


    I had to rub my eyes to make sure I was believing my own eyes when I saw the incredible view from the mountaintop.

  • believe someone/something when one sees it

    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

  • used to introduce a surprising or unlikely statement


    Believe it or not, I once saw a man walking his pet snake down the street.

  • make-believe

    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.'

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