Know Your Next Word : believe

5. believe :

verb :

1. to have confidence in the assertions of (a person)

2. to have faith in the reliability, honesty, benevolence, etc., of

3. to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so

4. to have confidence or faith in the truth of (a positive assertion, story, etc.)

5. to suppose or assume

  • The fugitive is believed to be headed for the Mexican border.

  • I believe that he has left town.

  • I can help only if you believe in me.

  • to believe in ghosts

  • I believe you.

  • Do you believe the news stories?

  • I believe in your ability to solve the problem.

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