Meaning of “faith” in the English Dictionary

"faith" in British English

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faithnoun

uk /feɪθ/ us /feɪθ/

faith noun (TRUST)

B2 [ U ] great trust or confidence in something or someone:

She has no faith in modern medicine.
You'll cope - I have great faith in you.
After the trial, his family said they had lost all faith in the judicial system.
Politicians must start keeping their promises if they want to restore the people's faith in government.

More examples

  • The leader's speech was impressive and confirmed her faith in the party.
  • The people have no faith in their government, and herein lies the root of the problem.
  • All her life she had implicit faith in socialism.
  • When the drugs failed to cure her, she put her faith in herbal medicine.
  • It was apparent that the captain had little faith in the rest of the team.

faith noun (RELIGION)

B2 [ C ] a particular religion:

They were persecuted for their faith.
He was forced to practise his faith in secret.
a multi-faith society
They were brought up in the true faith (= the religion which the speaker believes is the only true one).

B2 [ U ] strong belief in God or a particular religion:

Even in the bad times she never lost her faith.
Her faith in God was shattered when her baby died.
It's my faith that keeps me going.

More examples

  • Protestantism and Roman Catholicism are both denominations of the Christian faith.
  • In a multicultural society is it not anomalous to have a blasphemy law which only protects one religious faith?
  • He views his life as a spiritual journey towards a greater understanding of his faith.
  • She was sustained by the strength of her religious faith.
  • She is a pious follower of the faith, never missing her prayers.

(Definition of “faith” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"faith" in American English

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faithnoun

us /feɪθ/

faith noun (TRUST)

[ U ] a high degree of trust or confidence in something or someone:

[ + that clause ] I have faith that she will do the right thing.

faith noun (RELIGION)

[ C/U ] a particular religion, or belief in God:

[ C ] We welcome people of all faiths.
[ U ] Put your faith in God.

(Definition of “faith” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"faith" in Business English

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faithnoun [ U ]

uk /feɪθ/ us

a feeling of trust that something will be successful, that people will do what they promise to do, etc.:

have faith in sb/sth Board members insisted they had absolute faith in the current management team.
put your faith in sb/sth You can't ask customers to put their faith in a product that hasn't been properly tested.
lose faith in sb/sth Stock holders seem to have lost faith in the banking sector.

(Definition of “faith” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)