To accept as true, particularly without absolute certainty (i.e., as opposed to knowing)
“If you believe the numbers, you’ll agree we need change.”
“I believe there are faeries.”
To accept that someone is telling the truth.
“Why did I ever believe you?”
To have religious faith; to believe in a greater truth.
“After that night in the church, I believed.”
To consider likely
“ux|en|I believe it might rain tomorrow. (Here, the speaker merely accepts the accuracy of the conditional.)”
To remain, stay.
Soon, presently, before long; by and by; anon
accept that (something) is true, especially without proof
“the superintendent believed Lancaster’s story”
“some 23 per cent believe that smoking keeps down weight”
accept the statement of (someone) as true
“he didn’t believe her”
have religious faith
“there are those on the fringes of the Church who do not really believe”
feel sure that (someone) is capable of doing something
“I wouldn’t have believed it of Lavinia—what an extraordinary woman!”
hold (something) as an opinion; think
“I believe we’ve already met”
“four men were believed to be trapped”