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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.
    I’m beginning to think you actually believe in ghosts!
  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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