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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
believe
    v 1: accept as true; take to be true; "I believed his report";
         "We didn't believe his stories from the War"; "She believes
         in spirits" [ant: disbelieve, discredit]
    2: judge or regard; look upon; judge; "I think he is very
       smart"; "I believe her to be very smart"; "I think that he is
       her boyfriend"; "The racist conceives such people to be
       inferior" [syn: think, believe, consider, conceive]
    3: be confident about something; "I believe that he will come
       back from the war" [syn: believe, trust]
    4: follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer; "When you hear
       his sermons, you will be able to believe, too"
    5: credit with veracity; "You cannot believe this man"; "Should
       we believe a publication like the National Enquirer?"

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Believe \Be*lieve"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Believed; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Believing.] [OE. bileven (with pref. be- for AS.
   ge-), fr. AS. gel?fan, gel?fan; akin to D. gelooven, OHG.
   gilouban, G. glauben, OS. gil?bian, Goth. galaubjan, and
   Goth. liubs dear. See Lief, a., Leave, n.]
   To exercise belief in; to credit upon the authority or
   testimony of another; to be persuaded of the truth of, upon
   evidence furnished by reasons, arguments, and deductions of
   the mind, or by circumstances other than personal knowledge;
   to regard or accept as true; to place confidence in; to
   think; to consider; as, to believe a person, a statement, or
   a doctrine.
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         Our conqueror (whom I now
         Of force believe almighty).              --Milton.
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         King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets ? --Acts
                                                  xxvi. 27.
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         Often followed by a dependent clause.
         I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. --Acts
                                                  viii. 37.
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   Syn: See Expect.
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3. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Believe \Be*lieve"\, v. i.
   1. To have a firm persuasion, esp. of the truths of religion;
      to have a persuasion approaching to certainty; to exercise
      belief or faith.
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            Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. --Mark ix.
                                                  24.
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            With the heart man believeth unto righteousness.
                                                  --Rom. x. 10.
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   2. To think; to suppose.
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            I will not believe so meanly of you.  --Fielding.
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   To believe in.
      (a) To believe that the subject of the thought (if a
          person or thing) exists, or (if an event) that it has
          occurred, or will occur; -- as, to believe in the
          resurrection of the dead. "She does not believe in
          Jupiter." --J. H. Newman.
      (b) To believe that the character, abilities, and purposes
          of a person are worthy of entire confidence; --
          especially that his promises are wholly trustworthy.
          "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God,
          believe also in me." --John xiv. 1.
      (c) To believe that the qualities or effects of an action
          or state are beneficial: as, to believe in sea
          bathing, or in abstinence from alcoholic beverages.

   To believe on, to accept implicitly as an object of
      religious trust or obedience; to have faith in.
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Thesaurus Results for Believe:

1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
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