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v. be·lieved, be·liev·ing, be·lieves
1. To accept as true or real: Do you believe the news stories?
2. To credit with veracity: I believe you.
3. To expect or suppose; think: I believe they will arrive shortly.
1. To have firm faith, especially religious faith.
2. To have faith, confidence, or trust: I believe in your ability to solve the problem.
3. To have confidence in the truth or value of something: We believe in free speech.
4. To have an opinion; think: They have already left, I believe.
believe (one's) ears
To trust what one has heard.
believe (one's) eyes
To trust what one has seen.

[Middle English bileven, from Old English belȳfan, belēfan, gelēfan; see leubh- in Indo-European roots.]

be·liev′er n.


(bɪˈli vər)
a person who believes, esp. one who has religious faith.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.believer - a supporter who accepts something as truebeliever - a supporter who accepts something as true
abiogenist - a believer in abiogenesis
apostle - an ardent early supporter of a cause or reform; "an apostle of revolution"
colonialist - a believer in colonialism
Confucian, Confucianist - a believer in the teachings of Confucius
evolutionist - a person who believes in organic evolution
imperialist - a believer in imperialism
Malthusian - a believer in Malthusian theory
admirer, booster, protagonist, supporter, champion, friend - a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library"
vitalist - one who believes in vitalism
2.believer - a person who has religious faithbeliever - a person who has religious faith  
denomination - a group of religious congregations having its own organization and a distinctive faith
religious person - a person who manifests devotion to a deity
theist - one who believes in the existence of a god or gods
devil worshiper - someone who worships devils
monotheist - a believer in one god
mystic, religious mystic - someone who believes in the existence of realities beyond human comprehension
numerologist - a believer in numerology
pantheist - someone who believes that God and the universe are the same
pilgrim - someone who journeys to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion
sun worshiper - someone who worships the sun
theosophist - a believer in theosophy




[bɪˈliːvəʳ] N
1. (Rel) → creyente mf, fiel mf
2. (= advocate) → partidario/a m/f
to be a great believer inser muy partidario de ...
I am a believer in letting things take their coursesoy partidario de dejar que las cosas sigan su propio curso


[bɪˈliːvər] n
(= proponent) believer in [+ idea, policy, principle] → partisan(e) de
to be a believer in the value of sth → croire en la valeur de qch
Mum was a great believer in herbal medicines → Maman croyait beaucoup aux vertus de la phytothérapie.
to be a believer in doing sth → croire qu'il est bon de faire qch
(RELIGION)croyant(e) m/f


(Rel) → Gläubige(r) mf
to be a (firm) believer in something(grundsätzlich) für etw sein; I’m a believer in doing things properlyich bin grundsätzlich der Meinung, dass man, was man macht, richtig machen sollte; he’s a (firm) believer in getting up earlyer ist überzeugter Frühaufsteher; he’s not much of a believer in getting up earlyer hält nicht viel vom Frühaufstehen


[bɪˈliːvəʳ] n (Rel) → credente m/f
to be a believer in (in idea, activity) → essere a favore di


(biˈliːv) verb
1. to regard (something) as true. I believe his story.
2. to trust (a person), accepting what he says as true. I believe you.
3. to think (that). I believe he's ill.
beˈlievable adjective
beˈlief (-f) noun
1. faith or trust. I have no belief in his ability.
2. (often in plural) something believed. Christian beliefs.
beˈliever noun
a person who has (especially religious) beliefs. a true believer.
believe in
to accept the existence or recognize the value of (something). Do you believe in ghosts?; He believes in capital punishment.
References in classic literature ?
If I were a believer in ghosts,--and I don't quite know whether I am or not,--I should have concluded that all the old Pyncheons were running riot in the lower rooms, especially in Miss Hepzibah's part of the house.
In fact, if not exactly a believer in the doctrine of the efficiency of the extra good works of saints, he really seemed somehow or other to fancy that his wife had piety and benevolence enough for two--to indulge a shadowy expectation of getting into heaven through her superabundance of qualities to which he made no particular pretension.
You are a believer in theories," I continued, "and so am I; but you can take my word that on these matters not all, but some, of the old theories are best.
To suffer the Jew to pay himself would be dishonest, for it would be cheating my master; and unreasonable, for it were the part of a fool; and unchristian, since it would be plundering a believer to enrich an infidel.
With these words he approached the cavern, and perceived that it was impossible to let himself down or effect an entrance except by sheer force or cleaving a passage; so drawing his sword he began to demolish and cut away the brambles at the mouth of the cave, at the noise of which a vast multitude of crows and choughs flew out of it so thick and so fast that they knocked Don Quixote down; and if he had been as much of a believer in augury as he was a Catholic Christian he would have taken it as a bad omen and declined to bury himself in such a place.
Not John, indeed; he was no believer in the powers of innocence, his cursed experience pointing in quite other ways; and his fears, once wakened, grew with every hour and hunted him about the city streets.
Oh, shall I then, again become a fatalist, whom fourteen years of despair and ten of hope had rendered a believer in providence?
But now Dinah began to tell of the joys that were in store for the penitent, and to describe in her simple way the divine peace and love with which the soul of the believer is filled--how the sense of God's love turns poverty into riches and satisfies the soul so that no uneasy desire vexes it, no fear alarms it: how, at last, the very temptation to sin is extinguished, and heaven is begun upon earth, because no cloud passes between the soul and God, who is its eternal sun.
He was, moreover, a firm believer in the doctrine of intimidation.
Inside, though the saints and gods are not ours, we become true believers, in case any true believer should be present.
It meant to him what God means to the believer, and when he saw it he was afraid.
I quite understand, sir," said the undertaker, "you don't want any show and that--I'm not a believer in ostentation myself, mind you--but you want it done gentlemanly-like.