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English verb: believe

1. believe (cognition) accept as true; take to be true

SamplesI believed his report.
We didn't believe his stories from the War.
She believes in spirits.

ExamplesThey believe him to write the letter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)accept

Narrower (hyponym)bank, believe, believe in, buy, infer, rely, swallow, swear, trust, understand

Antonymsdisbelieve, discredit

2. believe (cognition) judge or regard; look upon; judge

SamplesI 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.

ExamplesThey believe that there was a traffic accident

Synonymsconceive, consider, think

Pattern of useSomething ----s something Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment

Narrower (hyponym)consider, esteem, feel, hold, look on, look upon, reckon, regard, regard as, repute, rethink, see, take to be, think, think of, view

3. believe (cognition) be confident about something

SamplesI believe that he will come back from the war.

ExamplesThey believe that there was a traffic accident


Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)anticipate, expect

4. believe (cognition) follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer

SamplesWhen you hear his sermons, you will be able to believe, too.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)believe

Narrower (hyponym)misbelieve

Domain categoryfaith, religion, religious belief

5. believe (cognition) credit with veracity

SamplesYou cannot believe this man.
Should we believe a publication like the National Enquirer?.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)credit

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