Old English lÄ�fan
(Received Pronunciation|UK & General American|US) IPA|/bÉªË�liË�v/, /bÉ�Ë�liË�v/, SAMPA|/bI"li:v/, /b@"li:v/
- transitive To accept that someone is telling the truth.
#:* Why did I ever believe you?
- transitive To accept as true.
#:* If you believe the numbers, you'll agree we need change.
- transitive To consider likely.
#:* I believe it might rain tomorrow.
- intransitive To have religious faith; to believe in a greater truth.
#:* After that night in the church, I believed.
The transitive verb believe and the phrasal verb believe in are similar but can have very different implications.
- To â��believeâ�� someone or something means to accept specific pieces of information as truth: believe the news, believe the lead witness. To â��believe a complete strangerâ�� means to accept a stranger's story with little evidence.
- To â��believe inâ�� someone or something means to place faith in that person or concept: believe in liberty, believe in God. To â��believe in one's fellow manâ�� means to place faith in mankind.
Meanings sometimes overlap. To believe in a religious text would also require affirming at least the major principles. To believe a religious text would likewise imply placing one's faith in it.
1611 â�� w:King James Version of the Bible|King James Version of the Bible, s:Bible (King James)/Luke|Luke 1:1
:Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us...
can you believe
trans-top|to accept that someone is telling the truth (object: person)
Chinese: ç�¸ä¿¡ (xiÄ�ngxÃ¬n)
Finnish: uskoa, arvella
Japanese: ä¿¡ã��ã�� (ã��ã��ã��ã��, shinjiru)
Khmer: KMchar|á��á�¿ (jeuÉ�)
Polish: wierzyÄ�, sÄ�dziÄ�
Portuguese: acreditar em (1); acreditar, crÃªr (2); acreditar em (3)
Russian: Ð²ÐµÑ�Ð¸Ñ�Ñ� (veritâ��)