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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


Synonymstrust


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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