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BELIEVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does believe mean? 

BELIEVE (verb)
  The verb BELIEVE has 5 senses:

1. accept as true; take to be true
2. judge or regard; look upon; judge
3. be confident about something
4. follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer
5. credit with veracity

  Familiarity information: BELIEVE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


BELIEVE (verb)


Sense 1believe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Accept as true; take to be true

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context examples:

I believed his report / We didn't believe his stories from the War / She believes in spirits

Hypernyms (to "believe" is one way to...):

accept (consider or hold as true)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "believe"):

infer; understand (believe to be the case)

swallow (believe or accept without questioning or challenge)

buy (accept as true)

believe (follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer)

bank; rely; swear; trust (have confidence or faith in)

believe in (have a firm conviction as to the goodness of something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They believe him to write the letter

Antonym:

disbelieve (reject as false; refuse to accept)


Sense 2believe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Judge or regard; look upon; judge

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

think; believe; conceive; consider

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "believe" is one way to...):

evaluate; judge; pass judgment (form a critical opinion of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "believe"):

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)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s something Adjective/Noun
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They believe that there was a traffic accident


Sense 3believe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be confident about something

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

believe; trust

Context example:

I believe that he will come back from the war

Hypernyms (to "believe" is one way to...):

anticipate; expect (regard something as probable or likely)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They believe that there was a traffic accident


Sense 4believe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

When you hear his sermons, you will be able to believe, too

Hypernyms (to "believe" is one way to...):

believe (accept as true; take to be true)

Domain category:

faith; religion; religious belief (a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "believe"):

misbelieve (hold a false or unorthodox belief)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 5believe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Credit with veracity

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context examples:

You cannot believe this man / Should we believe a publication like the National Enquirer?

Hypernyms (to "believe" is one way to...):

credit (have trust in; trust in the truth or veracity of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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