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Pronunciation: /bəˈliːv; bɪˈliːv/

Translation of believe in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 [statement/fact/story] creer*; [person] 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/familiar] ¡créetelo! [colloquial/familiar] [irónico] would you believe it! [colloquial/familiar] ¡habráse visto!, ¡será posible! I don't believe it! ¡no puedo creerlo! believe you me! [colloquial/familiar] ¡te lo juro! I believe you, though thousands wouldn't (British English/inglés británico) (yo) te creo, porque eres tú you'd better believe it! (especially American English/especialmente inglés norteamericano) ¡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.
    1.2 (think) creer* 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 ideato believe sb/sth to + infinitive/infinitivo (often passive/frecuentemente en voz pasiva) 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/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 [Religion/Religión] creer* to believe in sth/sb creer* en algo/algn to believe in God/reincarnation creer* en Dios/en la reencarnación 1.2 (have confidence) to believe in sth creer* en algo, tener* fe en algo I don't believe in medicine no tengo fe or no creo en la medicina 1.3 (consider good) to believe in sth [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
    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.

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