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"believe" in British English

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believeverb [T]

uk   /bɪˈliːv/ us   /bɪˈliːv/
A2 to think that something is true, correct, or real: Strangely, no one believed us when we told them we'd been visited by a creature from Mars. [+ that] He believes that all children are born with equal intelligence. She's arriving tomorrow, I believe. "Is she coming alone?" "We believe not/so (= we think she is not/is)." [+ obj + to infinitive ] I believe her to be the finest violinist in the world. [+ obj + adj ] All the crew are missing, believed dead.
not believe a word of it
to not believe that something is true: He told me she was just a friend, but I don't believe a word of it!
believe it or not B1 also would you believe it?
said when telling someone about something that is true, although it seems unlikely: He's upstairs doing his homework, believe it or not.
believe me
said when emphasizing that something is true: Believe me, I was scared !
if you believe that, you'll believe anything! informal
something that you say to emphasize that something is obviously not true: He said the car in front backed into him, and if you believe that, you'll believe anything!
make believe
to pretend or imagine: Let's make believe (that) we're pirates.
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(Definition of believe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"believe" in American English

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believeverb [I/T]

us   /bɪˈliv/
to think that something is true or correct: [T] One juror said he didn’t believe the policeman’s testimony. [+ (that) clause] She believed (that) it was wrong to censor the text.
If you believe in something, you feel that it is right: [I always + adv/prep] I believe in giving a person a second chance.
If you believe in someone you have confidence in that person's abilities: [I always + adv/prep] We just need to believe in ourselves.
(Definition of believe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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