Meaning of “believe” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /bɪˈliːv/
Extra Examples
It's astonishing that so many people believed his story.I truly believe that he is innocent.She believes it was the doctor's fault that Peter died.Do you believe in life after death?He is generally believed to be their best player.
TRUE [ T ]

A2 to think that something is true, or that what someone says is true:

[ + (that) ] They believe that their health has suffered because of the chemicals.
Do you believe him?
I can't believe that she wants to go out with me.
→ Opposite disbelieve

A2 to think something, without being completely sure:

"Is he coming home tonight?" "I believe so."
The murderer is believed to be in his thirties.

to have religious beliefs

not believe your eyes/ears

B1 to be very surprised when you see someone or something, or when you hear what someone says:

I couldn't believe my ears when Dan said they were getting married.
believe it or not

B1 used to say that something is true although it seems surprising:

He even remembered my birthday, believe it or not.

(Definition of “believe” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)