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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theybelieve in
he/she/itbelieves in
present participlebelieving in
past tensebelieved in
past participlebelieved in
  1. 1
    believe in someone/something to think that someone or something exists

    I don’t believe in miracles.

  2. 2
    believe in something to think that an idea or a way of doing something is good or right

    She used to say she didn’t believe in marriage.

    Some of his supporters have stopped believing in him.

  3. 3
    believe in someone to feel confident that a person or organization is good or reliable

    Some of his previous supporters have stopped believing in him.

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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