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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Be*lieve"
To exercise belief in; to credit upon the authority or testimony of another; to be persuaded of the truth of, upon evidence furnished by reasons, arguments, and deductions of the mind, or by circumstances other than personal knowledge; to regard or accept as true; to place confidence in; to think; to consider; as, to believe a person, a statement, or a doctrine.

Etymology: OE. bilevenwith pref. be- for AS. ge-), fr. AS. gel�fan gel�fan; akin to D. gelooven, OHG. gilouban, G. glauben, OS. gil�bian, Goth. galaubjan, and Goth. liubs dear. See Lief (a.) Leave (n.)

verb Be*lieve"
  1. To have a firm persuasion, esp. 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.]
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  1. Accept as true; take to be true ("I believed his report", "We didn't believe his stories from the War", and "She believes in spirits")
  2. Credit with veracity ("You cannot believe this man" and "Should we believe a publication like the National Enquirer?")
  3. Follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer ("When you hear his sermons, you will be able to believe, too")
  4. Judge or regard; look upon; judge ("I believe her to be very smart")
  5. Be confident about something ("I believe that he will come back from the war")

From Middle English beleven, bileven, from Old English belīefan (“to believe”), from Proto-Germanic *bilaubijaną (“to believe”). Cognate with Scots beleve (“to believe”). Compare Old English ġelīefan (“to be dear to; believe, trust”), Old English ġelēafa (“belief, faith, confidence, trust”), Old English lēof ("dear, valued, beloved, pleasant, agreeable"; > English lief). Related also to North Frisian leauwjen (“to believe”), West Frisian leauwe (“to believe”), Dutch geloven (“to believe”), German glauben (“to believe”), Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌻𐌰𐌿𐌱𐌾𐌰𐌽 (galaubjan, “to hold dear, valuable, or satisfactory, approve of, believe”).

believe was also found in the following language(s): Dutch

Fun Facts about the name Believe

  • How Popular is the name Believe? Believe is the 60,537th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Believe have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 22 babies born with the first name Believe in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Believe? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2014 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Believe born? The highest recorded use of the first name Believe was in 2016 with a total of 9 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Believe: Your name in reverse order is Eveileb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eiveleb. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Believe born Oct 8, 2007

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Portugal approximately on 1750. Your profession was sailor and shoemaker.

As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. The world is full of ill and lonely people. You should help those, who are less fortunate than you are.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.