Friday, January 23, 2009


be-lieve  /bɪˈliv/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [bi-leev] Show IPA verb, -lieved, -liev-ing.

–verb (used without object) have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so: Only if one believes in something can one act purposefully.

–verb (used with object) have confidence or faith in the truth of (a positive assertion, story, etc.); give credence to. have confidence in the assertions of (a person). have a conviction that (a person or thing) is, has been, or will be engaged in a given action or involved in a given situation: The fugitive is believed to be headed for the Mexican border. suppose or assume; understand (usually fol. by a noun clause): I believe that he has left town.

—Verb phrase
6.believe in, be persuaded of the truth or existence of: to believe in Zoroastrianism; to believe in ghosts. have faith in the reliability, honesty, benevolence, etc., of: I can help only if you believe in me.

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