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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BELIEVES

She believes that this order is from my father, and that my mother has not been consulted upon it.

It is because the Caucasian believes in Him that he lives in fear and dies in fear.

It is a wonderful stimulus to have some one who believes in us.

Jacques Dalcroze, like Plato, believes in saturating his pupils with music.

But she accepted it, because she believes the doctrines which Luther taught.

He must and will make no demand upon him on the grounds of what he, Paul, believes.

Is it not worthy of notice that one of them has lost her brother, and that the other believes she has lost hers?

I hope he'll think so; he believes I've been abroad, of course.

This is possible, it is not illogical, and Berkeley believes it.

Believes herself to have a sneaking kindness for Hickman: and why.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English belyfan "to believe," earlier geleafa (Mercian), gelefa (Northumbrian), gelyfan (West Saxon) "believe," from Proto-Germanic *ga-laubjan "to believe," perhaps literally "hold dear, love" (cf. Old Saxon gilobian "believe," Dutch geloven, Old High German gilouben, German glauben), ultimately a compound based on PIE *leubh- "to care, desire, love" (see belief).

Spelling beleeve is common till 17c.; then altered, perhaps by influence of relieve, etc. To believe on instead of in was more common in 16c. but now is a peculiarity of theology; believe of also sometimes was used in 17c. Related: Believed (formerly occasionally beleft); believing. Expression believe it or not attested by 1874; Robert Ripley's newspaper cartoon of the same name is from 1918. Emphatic you better believe attested from 1854.

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