believe

Definitions

  • If you'll believe me, Christopher Columbus Allen walked right into our kitchen
    If you'll believe me, Christopher Columbus Allen walked right into our kitchen
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v believe accept as true; take to be true "I believed his report","We didn't believe his stories from the War","She believes in spirits"
    • v believe credit with veracity "You cannot believe this man","Should we believe a publication like the National Enquirer?"
    • v believe follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer "When you hear his sermons, you will be able to believe, too"
    • v believe 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"
    • v believe be confident about something "I believe that he will come back from the war"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

I believe they wuz conscience-smut, but I don't know I believe they wuz conscience-smut, but I don't know
MOTHER, I DO BELIEVE IT'S GOING TO BE THIS YEAR MOTHER, I DO BELIEVE IT'S GOING TO BE THIS YEAR
"YOU RUBBED THE LAMP, I BELIEVE?" "YOU RUBBED THE LAMP, I BELIEVE?"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1933, Mickey Mouse is believed to have received 800,000 fan letters
    • v. t Believe To exercise belief in; to credit upon the authority or testimony of another; to be persuaded of the truth of, upon evidence furnished by reasons, arguments, and deductions of the mind, or by circumstances other than personal knowledge; to regard or accept as true; to place confidence in; to think; to consider; as, to believe a person, a statement, or a doctrine. "Our conqueror (whom I now
      Of force believe almighty)."
      "King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets ?""Often followed by a dependent clause.
      I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
    • Believe To have a firm persuasion, esp. of the truths of religion; to have a persuasion approaching to certainty; to exercise belief or faith. "Lord, I believe ; help thou mine unbelief.""With the heart man believeth unto righteousness."
    • Believe To think; to suppose. "I will not believe so meanly of you.""My sister is not so defenseless left
      As you imagine ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 7 out of 10 people believe in life after death
    • believe To have faith or confidence. As to a person, to have confidence in his honesty, integrity, virtue, powers, ability, etc.; trust.
    • believe To exercise trust or confidence; rely through faith: generally with on.
    • believe To be persuaded of the truth of anything; accept a doctrine, principle, system, etc., as true, or as an object of faith: with in: as, “I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints,” etc., Apostles' Crecd; to believe in Buddhism. See belief.
    • believe To credit upon the ground of authority, testimony, argument, or any other ground than complete demonstration; accept as true; give credence to. See belief.
    • believe To give credence to (a person making a statement, anything said, etc.).
    • believe To expect or hope with confidence; trust.
    • believe To be of opinion; think; understand: as, I believe he has left the city.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 90% believe in divine retribution.
    • v.t Believe be-lēv′ to regard as true: to trust in
    • v.i Believe to be firmly persuaded of anything: to exercise faith (with in, on): to think or suppose
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Quotations

  • Nikos Kazantzakis
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.”
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey.”
  • Michael Korda
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    “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”
  • Jean De La Fontaine
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    “Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “First we have to believe, and then we believe.”
  • Walter Lippmann
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    “Many a time I have wanted to stop talking and find out what I really believed.”

Idioms

Believe in the hereafter - A belief in the hereafter is a belief in the afterlife, or life after death. It is, therefore, associated with religions and the soul's journey to heaven or to hell, whichever way being just deserts for the person based on how they led their life.
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Believe you me - This is an emphatic way of saying 'believe me'.
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Seeing is believing - This idiom means that people can only really believe what they experience personally.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bileven,with pref. be-, for AS. ge-,), fr. AS. gelfan, gelfan,; akin to D. gelooven, OHG. gilouban, G. glauben, OS. gilbian, Goth. galaubjan, and Goth. liubs, dear. See Lief (a.) Leave (n.)

Usage

In literature:

In a commercial view, I doubt whether it is desirable: but in a political one, I believe it is.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
That's a bore, because I don't happen to believe in the soul, and I do believe very much in the body.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
Oh, Walter, I believe you're looking forward to it; I believe you're glad you've got to do it all over again.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
As she comes to love you, she will believe you when she would believe no one else on that matter.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
But men would not believe that in our Lord's time; neither would they believe it after His time.
"Westminster Sermons with a Preface" by Charles Kingsley
The same is true of one who having once believed, believes no longer.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
They believed in states rights, and they wanted slavery.
"John Ward, Preacher" by Margaret Deland
The Chilterns so believed, and Lady Laura; the Duchess so believed, and Madame Goesler.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
If nature and Christianity were from the same All-perfect God, as I believed, their voices must be one.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
You believe in God, believe also in me.
"Men Called Him Master" by Elwyn Allen Smith
Men are free to believe in her or not to believe in her.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
Charmian Mansfield loved him, and believed in his genius, as he did not believe, or had not till now believed in it.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
He believed in his own ability; he believed thoroughly in his own courage; but he did not believe in his own conduct.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
I must believe because the Fathers had believed.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
God does not ask any man to believe without giving him something to believe.
"The Way to God and How to Find It" by Dwight Moody
If I told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you heavenly things?
"The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St. John, Vol. I" by Marcus Dods
Yes; I believe she does.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Through him, I have learned to believe that there have been great and wise men on earth.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
This is hum with him, believe hit believe hit page it.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
Mrs. Dosett did believe somewhat in lions, but she believed also in exercise.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

Once I believed in you,
And then you came,
Unquestionably new, as fame
Had said you were. But that was long ago.
"The Spirit Wooed" by Philip Larkin
Believing, we rejoice
To see the curse remove;
We bless the Lamb with cheerful voice,
And sing his bleeding love.
"Hymn 142" by Isaac Watts
But nobody believes that you keep
Out of respect for mankind
A silence more suitable
To the sadness of our hearts
"The Right To Speak" by Rene Guy Cadou
I see it bleeds, but never mind
That tiny little drop;
I don't believe you'll ever find
That crying makes it stop.
"The Cut" by Ann Taylor
I know not how this saving faith
To me He did impart,
Nor how believing in His Word
Wrought peace within my heart.
"I Know Whom I Have Believed" by Daniel Webster Moody
And I believe the devil's voice
Sinks deeper in our ear
Than any whisper sent from Heaven,
However sweet and clear.
"A Fragment" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

Prosecutors filed charges this morning against two men believed to have been involved in an armored car robbery in Pinole on Wednesday that led to a shootout and left one person dead and three injured, including a police officer.
Soldiers who don't believe in God can go to war with "Atheist" stamped on their dog tags, but humanists and others with various secular beliefs are still officially invisible in the Army.
Chow, Baby had to see it to believe it.
It is possible to believe in truth and not be arrogant or divisive.
It's hard to believe that her school, "Anita's ArtsCool" has been in business for 14 years.
But the Alabama, West German and other researchers believe the new animal model has already begun to provide valuable insights into the nature of arthritis .
View full size The Associated Press Characterizing yourself as a "none" doesn't mean you aren't a believer.
State Sen Michael Doherty doesn't believe New Jersey can wait any longer to address the fraud being committed by towns lowering their property values to get more school aid.
The trial is part of what is believed to be one of the largest federal capital cases, with more than a dozen people potentially facing the death penalty.
It's as hard to believe as it is to watch at times -- and it's also hard to forget.
Believe it or not, some of that stuff on TV is made up.
And whenever there's something powerful, you'd better believe movie studios are going to take advantage of it.
Myth #1: The Right Believes in a "Written Constitution," Everyone Else Believes in a "Living Constitution".
Most of the people believe the Bible is word of God, but then they believe that word only when it suits them.
Seeing is believing , and believing is seeing.
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In science:

Nevertheless, in spite of these deficiencies in the NLS equation, we believe that our results provide new important physical insight into the generation of freak waves.
Freak Waves in Random Oceanic Sea States
Nevertheless I believe these notes cover quite a bit of ground and would serve as an introduction to this fascinating field.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
I believe his name choices are the least confusing, and, geometrically, most appropriate.
The Apparent Fractal Conjecture: Scaling Features in Standard Cosmologies
For many years, it was believed that ob jectoriented programming would permit the development of interoperable components. Pfister and Szyperski have shown that it is not the case.
Component Programming and Interoperability in Constraint Solver Design
We believe that the overhead incurred by the more elaborate communication scheme will be less acute for this kind of problems since the time spent in the narrowing ob jects is likely to overwhelm the one spent in communications.
Component Programming and Interoperability in Constraint Solver Design
As a consequence, we believe that its use should be only considered when the time spent in actual computation in the components is large enough to make the communication time insignificant.
Component Programming and Interoperability in Constraint Solver Design
The reason for the slow convergence of the mean DRC with increasing Nζ we believe is due to the large value of b used in the simulations.
Design of one-dimensional Lambertian diffusers of light
At present it is believed that almost all states tend to localize in disorder systems in two and lower dimensions.
Random-Mass Dirac Fermions in an Imaginary Vector Potential (I): Delocalization Transition and Localization Length
Very recently finite mobility edges are observed in the one-dimensional Anderson model with the long-range correlated potentials though it is widely believed that (almost) all states are localized in spatial one dimension [4,5].
Random-Mass Dirac Fermions in an Imaginary Vector Potential (II): Long-Range Correlated Random Mass
This is in sharp contrast to the Anderson model and Kronig-Penney model in which it is believed that a genuine Anderson transition occurs.
Random-Mass Dirac Fermions in an Imaginary Vector Potential (II): Long-Range Correlated Random Mass
After N examples, the probability that the student believes that the correct concept is Rj is given by the j th component of the vector (p(N ) )T = (p(0) )T (T (k))N .
Harmonic mean, random polynomials and stochastic matrices
Therefore, although we do not know how to prove that rigorously, we believe that if the probability of an error in the result is smaller than p < 1 then, by iterating n times, one can get to a certainty of nearly 1 − pn that the given braid word w is not a half-twist.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
Therefore, we believe that this algorithm may help to solve the quasipositivity problem in the braid group.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
For this reason, we believe it is more practical than the other full-fledged generation packages.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
The existence of tachyons indicates an instability of the perturbative vacuum, and it has been believed that the theory becomes stable after condensing the tachyon.
Closed String Tachyons in Non-supersymmetric Heterotic Theories
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