1. To have a firm persuasion, especially. Of the truths of religion; to have a persuasion approaching to certainty; to exercise belief or faith. "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief." (Mark ix. 24) "With the heart man believeth unto righteousness." (Rom. X. 10)

2. To think; to suppose. "I will not believe so meanly of you." (Fielding) To believe in. To believe that the subject of the thought (if a person or thing) exists, or (if an event) that it has occurred, or will occur; as, to believe in the resurrection of the dead. "She does not believe in Jupiter." . To believe that the character, abilities, and purposes of a person are worthy of entire confidence; especially that his promises are wholly trustworthy. "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me." . To believe that the qualities or effects of an action or state are beneficial: as, to believe in sea bathing, or in abstinence from alcoholic beverages. To believe on, to accept implicitly as an object of religious trust or obedience; to have faith in.

(01 Mar 1998)

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