English dictionary

believe meaning and definition


Definition of believe (verb)

  1. accept as true; take to be true
    • "I believed his report"; "We didn't believe his stories from the War"; "She believes in spirits"
    • antonym: disbelieve
  2. 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"
    • synonyms: conceive, consider, think
  3. be confident about something
    • "I believe that he will come back from the war"
    • synonyms: trust
  4. follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer
    • "When you hear his sermons, you will be able to believe, too"
  5. credit with veracity
    • "You cannot believe this man"; "Should we believe a publication like the National Enquirer?"
Source: Princeton University Wordnet