[Language: Old English;Origin:
belefan, from lyfan, lefan 'to allow, believe'
] [T not in progressive]
to be sure that something is true or that someone is telling the truth You shouldn't believe everything you read. I believed him, even though his story sounded unlikely.believe (that) I don't believe he's only 25. I don't believe a word of it (=I think it is completely untrue) . [T not in progressive]
to think that something is true or possible, although you are not completely surebelieve (that) Detectives believe that the victim knew his killer.it is believed (that) It is believed that the house was built in 1735.believe so
(=think that something is true) 'Have they arrived yet?' 'Yes, I believe so.'be believed to be sth At 115, Mrs Jackson is believed to be the oldest person in the country. The four men are widely believed (=believed by a lot of people) to have been killed by their captors. Did you honestly believe that I'd be stupid enough to do that? I firmly believe that the business will be a success.it's difficult/hard to believe (that)
used when you are surprised that something is true Sometimes, it's hard to believe we've been married for 50 years.spokencan't/don't believe sth
used when you are very surprised or shocked by something I can't believe he's expecting us to work on Sunday as well! I couldn't believe it when he told me what had happened.can hardly/scarcely believe sth I could scarcely believe my luck.spokenbelieve it or not
used when you are saying something that is true but surprising He enjoys school, believe it or not.spokenwould you believe it!orI don't believe it!
used when you are surprised or angry about something And then he just walked out. Would you believe it!spokenbelieve (you) me
used to emphasize that something is definitely true There'll be trouble when they find out about this, believe you me!spokenyou'd better believe it!
used to emphasize that something is truespokendon't you believe it!
used to emphasize that something is definitely not truespokencan't believe your eyes/ears
used to say that someone is very surprised by something they see or hearspokenif you believe that, you'll believe anything
used to say that something is definitely not true, and that anyone who believes it must be stupidspokenseeing is believingorI'll believe it when I see it
used to say that you will only believe that something happens or exists when you actually see it [I]
to have a religious faith She says those who believe will go to heaven.
(19)believe in /
[believe in sb/sth] phr v
to be sure that someone or something exists Do you believe in God?
to think that something is effective or right I don't believe in all these silly diets.believe in doing sth The school believes in letting children learn at their own pace.
to trust someone and be confident that they will be successful The people want a President they can believe in. You've got to believe in yourself, or you'll never succeed.
WORD CHOICE: believe, believe in
If you believe
something, you think it is true. If you believe
someone, you think they are telling the truth : Nobody believed what I said.
|I didn't do it - you've got to believe me!
Use believe in
that you think something exists : Do you believe in God?
that you think that something is good : He doesn't believe in private education.
that you think someone is good and will achieve good things : My mother always believed in me.