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verb [with object]
1accept (something) as true; feel sure of the truth of:the superintendent believed Lancaster’s story [with clause]:Christians believe that Jesus rose from the dead accept the statement of (someone) as true:he didn’t believe her or didn’t want to know [no object] have faith, especially religious faith:there are those on the fringes of the Church who do not really believe
(believe something of someone
) feel sure that (someone) is capable of a particular action:I wouldn’t have believed it of Lois—what an extraordinary woman!
2 [with clause] hold (something) as an opinion; think or suppose:I believe we’ve already met things were not as bad as the experts believed humu-humu are, I believe, shrimp fritters (believe someone/something to be)four men were believed to be trapped
1have faith in the truth or existence of:I believe in ghosts 2be of the opinion that (something) is right, proper, or desirable:I don’t believe in censorship of the arts he didn’t believe in sex before marriage 3have confidence in (a person or a course of action):he had finally begun to believe in her