believe

If you believe something, you think it’s true. If you are easily duped then you might believe your little sister when she says a thief broke into the house and ate all your candy.

Believe comes from old German words meaning to have trust. Belief doesn’t require proof, just acceptance. If you’re on a jury and the prosecution and defense present two different versions of what happened, you have to decide which side you believe. To believe can also mean having confidence. If you believe in me, it doesn’t mean that you think I’m real (unless I’m a ghost). It means you think I can do what I set out to do.

Definitions of believe
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v accept as true; take to be true

“I believed his report”
“We didn't believe his stories from the War”
“She believes in spirits”
Antonyms:
disbelieve, discredit
reject as false; refuse to accept
Types:
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infer, understand
believe to be the case
swallow
believe or accept without questioning or challenge
buy
accept as true
bank, rely, swear, trust
have confidence or faith in
believe in
have a firm conviction as to the goodness of something
credit
have trust in; trust in the truth or veracity of
misbelieve
hold a false or unorthodox belief
lean
rely on for support
bet, calculate, count, depend, look, reckon
have faith or confidence in
Type of:
accept
consider or hold as true

v be confident about something

“I believe that he will come back from the war”
Synonyms:
trust
Type of:
anticipate, expect
regard something as probable or likely

v credit with veracity

“You cannot believe this man”
“Should we believe a publication like the National Enquirer?”
Type of:
credit
have trust in; trust in the truth or veracity of

v follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer

“When you hear his sermons, you will be able to believe, too”
Types:
misbelieve
hold a false or unorthodox belief

v judge or regard; look upon; judge

“I believe her to be very smart”
Synonyms:
conceive, consider, think
Types:
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hold
remain committed to
rethink
change one's mind
think
dispose the mind in a certain way
esteem, look on, look upon, regard as, repute, take to be, think of
look on as or consider
feel
have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to someone's behavior or attitude
consider, reckon, regard, see, view
deem to be
expect
consider reasonable or due
receive
regard favorably or with disapproval
reconsider
consider again; give new consideration to; usually with a view to changing
reconsider
consider again (a bill) that had been voted upon before, with a view to altering it
include
consider as part of something
backpedal
modify one's opinion, make it less strong
about-face
change one's mind and assume the opposite viewpoint
consider
regard or treat with consideration, respect, and esteem
call
consider or regard as being
like
feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard
relativise, relativize
consider or treat as relative
identify
consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else
favor, favour
consider as the favorite
abstract
consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
reify
consider an abstract concept to be real
idealise, idealize
consider or render as ideal
deem, hold, take for, view as
keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
esteem, prise, prize, respect, value
regard highly; think much of
disesteem, disrespect
have little or no respect for; hold in contempt
make
consider as being
capitalise, capitalize
consider expenditures as capital assets rather than expenses
appreciate, prize, treasure, value
hold dear
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

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