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believe – belief

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          believe  believes  believing  believed      
 1     If you believe that something is true, you think that it is true, but you are not sure. (FORMAL)
  Experts believe that the coming drought will be extensive…
  I believe you have something of mine…
  The main problem, I believe, lies elsewhere…
  We believe them to be hidden here in this apartment…
  `You’ve never heard of him?’*`I don’t believe so.’
     VERB: V that, V that, V that, V n to-inf, V so/not, also V n adj 
     = think 
 2     If you believe someone or if you believe what they say or write, you accept that they are telling the truth.
  He did not sound as if he believed her…
  Don’t believe what you read in the papers.
     VERB: V n, V n 
 3     If you believe in fairies, ghosts, or miracles, you are sure that they exist or happen. If you believe in a god, you are sure of the existence of that god.
  I don’t believe in ghosts…
  Do you believe in magic?
     VERB: V in n, V in n, also V 
 4     If you believe in a way of life or an idea, you are in favour of it because you think it is good or right.
  He believed in marital fidelity.
     VERB: V in n 
 5     If you believe in someone or what they are doing, you have confidence in them and think that they will be successful.
  If you believe in yourself you can succeed.
     VERB: V in n 
 6     Believe is used in expressions such as I can’t believe how or it’s hard to believe that in order to express surprise, for example because something bad has happened or something very difficult has been achieved.
  Many officers I spoke to found it hard to believe what was happening around them…
     VERB: with brd-neg, V wh, also V that  feelings 
 7     You can use believe it or not to emphasize that what you have just said is surprising.
  That’s normal, believe it or not.
     PHRASE: PHR with cl  emphasis 
 8     If you say would you believe it, you are emphasizing your surprise about something.
  And would you believe it, he’s younger than me!
     PHRASE: PHR with cl  emphasis 
 9     You can use believe you me to emphasize that what you are saying is true.
  It’s absolutely amazing, believe you me.
     PHRASE: PHR with cl  emphasis 

          belief  beliefs      
 1     Belief is a feeling of certainty that something exists, is true, or is good.
  One billion people throughout the world are Muslims, united by belief in one god.
  …a belief in personal liberty.
     N-UNCOUNT: usu N in n 
 2     Your religious or political beliefs are your views on religious or political matters.
  He refuses to compete on Sundays because of his religious beliefs.
     N-PLURAL: usu supp N 
 3     If it is your belief that something is the case, it is your strong opinion that it is the case.
  It is our belief that improvements in health care will lead to a stronger, more prosperous economy.
     N-SING: usu N that 
 4     You use beyond belief to emphasize that something is true to a very great degree or that it happened to a very great degree.
  We are devastated, shocked beyond belief…
     PHRASE: adj PHR, PHR after v  emphasis 
 5     You use contrary to popular belief to introduce a statement that is the opposite to what is thought to be true by most ordinary people.
  Contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence that what you look like makes much difference to your life.
     PHRASE: PHR with cl 
 6     If you do one thing in the belief that another thing is true or will happen, you do it because you think, usually wrongly, that it is true or will happen.
  Civilians had broken into the building, apparently in the belief that it contained food.
     PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR cl 
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Assumptions and convictions that are held to be true, by an individual or a group, regarding concepts, events, people, and things.


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