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American English: /bəˈliv/
British English: /bɪˈliːv/

Translation of believe in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1
    creerle a
    do you believe her?
    ¿tú le crees?
    I don't believe a word she says
    no le creo ni una palabra
    no (me) creo ni una palabra de lo que dice
    I don't believe she's capable of that
    no la creo capaz de eso
    I'd never have believed it of her
    jamás lo hubiera creído de ella
    believe it or not
    aunque no lo creas
    aunque parezca mentira
    you're crazy to believe what she tells you
    estás loco si te crees lo que te cuenta
    I could hardly believe my ears/eyes
    apenas podía creer lo que oía/veía
    no daba crédito a mis oídos/mis ojos
    don't you believe it! [colloquial]
    ¡créetelo! [colloquial] [ironic]
    would you believe it! [colloquial]
    ¡habráse visto!
    ¡será posible!
    I don't believe it!
    ¡no puedo creerlo!
    believe you me! [colloquial]
    ¡te lo juro!
    I believe you, though thousands wouldn't (British)
    (yo) te creo, porque eres tú
    you'd better believe it! (esp US)
    ¡como lo oyes!
    you won't believe what happened/who I've just seen
    ¡no te imaginas lo que pasó/a quién acabo de ver!
    to make believe (that)
    hacer de cuenta que
    Example sentences
    • How many of you, as kids, read these insane stories and believed them to be true?
    • Twelve months ago, the Worralls were looking forward to Christmas, believing Rose's condition was in remission.
    • The trust believes these measures will prevent similar problems in the future.
    Example sentences
    • Many local people believed him when he spoke of the right or wrong siting of houses or tombs.
    • Although the City didn't quite think that was true, they were inclined to believe him.
    • One of those who manage to escape sees the bodies of 3,000 people but no one believes him.
    Example sentences
    • “It looks pretty bad for him, Mrs. Donovan,” said Diana, “but even so I can’t believe it of him either—I won’t believe it.”
    • I couldn't believe it of him because he had behaved so normally at home.
  • 2 (think) I believe so/not
    creo que sí/no
    tengo entendido que sí/no
    I believe he's changed his mind
    creo que ha cambiado de idea
    to believe somebody/something to + infinitive (often passive) the police believe him to be dangerous/to have crossed the border
    la policía cree que es peligroso/que ha cruzado la frontera
    it was believed to be harmless
    se creía que era inofensivo
    se lo tenía por inofensivo
    Example sentences
    • I have a hard time believing that my opinion would change regardless of who did the work though.
    • He believes that moving to Rochdale Infirmary will add to the already difficult parking problems.
    • It is believed that with one man already convicted of the bombing, there are no grounds to reopen the inquiries.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (Religion) to believe in something/somebody
    creer en algo/alguien
    to believe in God/reincarnation
    creer en Dios/en la reencarnación
    Example sentences
    • Was it lifted up whole and intact to heaven, as the Catholic faith believes?
    • Obviously, he does not see the point of religion as the believer does, since for the believer seeing the point of religion is believing.
    • God asks us to overcome what we cannot see, take a leap of faith and believe and trust in him.
  • 2 (have confidence)to believe in something
    creer en algo
    tener fe en algo
    I don't believe in medicine
    no tengo fe or no creo en la medicina
  • 3 (consider good)to believe in something
    (in moderation/discipline)
    ser partidario de algo
    creer en algo
    I believe in being firm with children
    yo soy partidario de ser firme con los niños
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