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v. -lieved, -liev•ing. v.i.
If you believe someone or believe what they say, you think that what they say is true.
If you believe that something is true, you think that it is true.
Believe is not used in the progressive. Don't say, for example, 'I am believing you'. You say 'I believe you'.
Instead of saying that you 'believe that something is not' true, you usually say that you don't believe that it is true.
You can say either that it is believed that something is true, or that something is believed to be true. For example, you can say 'It is believed that the building is 700 years old' or 'The building is believed to be 700 years old'.
If you believe in something, you think that it exists.
If you believe in an idea or policy, you think it is good or right.
Past participle: believed
|Verb||1.||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"|
swallow - believe or accept without questioning or challenge; "Am I supposed to swallow that story?"
buy - accept as true; "I can't buy this story"
believe - follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer; "When you hear his sermons, you will be able to believe, too"
accept - consider or hold as true; "I cannot accept the dogma of this church"; "accept an argument"
rely, trust, swear, bank - have confidence or faith in; "We can trust in God"; "Rely on your friends"; "bank on your good education"; "I swear by my grandmother's recipes"
believe in - have a firm conviction as to the goodness of something; "John believes in oat bran"
|2.||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"|
hold - remain committed to; "I hold to these ideas"
pass judgment, evaluate, judge - form a critical opinion of; "I cannot judge some works of modern art"; "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"
rethink - change one's mind; "He rethought his decision to take a vacation"
think - dispose the mind in a certain way; "Do you really think so?"
look upon, regard as, repute, take to be, esteem, look on, think of - look on as or consider; "she looked on this affair as a joke"; "He thinks of himself as a brilliant musician"; "He is reputed to be intelligent"
feel - have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to someone's behavior or attitude; "She felt small and insignificant"; "You make me feel naked"; "I made the students feel different about themselves"
|3.||believe - be confident about something; "I believe that he will come back from the war"|
|4.||believe - follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer; "When you hear his sermons, you will be able to believe, too"|
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
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"
misbelieve - hold a false or unorthodox belief
|5.||believe - credit with veracity; "You cannot believe this man"; "Should we believe a publication like the National Enquirer?"|
credit - have trust in; trust in the truth or veracity of
accept question, doubt, distrust, disbelieve
"To believe with certainty we must begin with doubting" [Stanislaus I of Poland Maxims]
"Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable" [Oscar Wilde The Decay of Lying]
"We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe" [Cardinal Newman Letter to Mrs William Froude]
"It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe" [Thomas Paine The Age of Reason]
"Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe" Bible: St. John
"Though ye believe not me, believe the works" Bible: St. John
I believe so → creo que sí
I believe not → creo que no
he is believed to be abroad → se cree que está en el extranjero
don't you believe it! → ¡no te lo creas!
believe it or not, she bought it → aunque parezca mentira, lo compró
it was hot, believe (you) me → hacía calor, ¡y cómo!
I couldn't believe my eyes → no podía dar crédito a mis ojos
do you really believe the threat? → ¿crees de veras en la amenaza?
I would never have believed it of him → jamás le hubiera creído capaz de eso
I don't believe you → Je ne te crois pas.
believe it or not → vous me croirez si vous voulez
would you believe it! → vous rendez-vous compte?
believe you me → croyez-moi
I couldn't believe my eyes → je n'en croyais pas mes yeux
I couldn't believe my ears → je n'en croyais pas mes oreilles
to believe in [+ God] → croire en; [+ ghosts] → croire à
Do you believe in ghosts? → Tu crois aux fantômes?; [+ method] → croire à
I don't believe in corporal punishment
BUT Je ne suis pas partisan des châtiments corporels.
to be believed to be ...
He is believed to be abroad → Il serait à l'étranger.
to believe (that) ... (= think) → croire que ..., penser que ...
to believe in sb → croire en qn, avoir confiance en qn
to believe in o.s. → avoir confiance en soi
to believe (that) (be of the opinion that) → credere (che)
I don't believe he'll come → non credo che verrà or che venga
don't you believe it! → non crederci!
I don't believe a word of it! → non credo a una parola di tutto questo!
he is believed to be abroad → si pensa (che) sia all'estero