belief vs believe : Common Errors in English

belief or believe

People can’t have religious “believes”; they have religious beliefs. If you have it, it’s a belief; if you do it, you believe.

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  • n  any cognitive content held as true
  • n  a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
    it strengthened my belief in his sincerity

  • v  accept as true; take to be true
    I believed his report
    We didn't believe his stories from the War
    She believes in spirits
  • v  judge or regard; look upon; judge
    I believe her to be very smart
  • v  be confident about something
    I believe that he will come back from the war
  • v  follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer
    When you hear his sermons, you will be able to believe, too
  • v  credit with veracity
    You cannot believe this man
    Should we believe a publication like the National Enquirer?
News & Articles

  • Track. Silmon Headed to World Championships in 100
    The belief has always been there for Charles Silmon. When critics have said that what he was doing would not hold up against the elite competition he has proven the critics wrong each time.
    June 22, 2013 - Texas Christian University Athletics
  • California Supreme Court validates 'good faith' belief in the legality of a marriage, reinstates Silicon Valley woman ...
    A marriage can be valid, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday, if there is proof of a 'good faith' belief in its legality, even it turns out that perhaps all the paperwork was not in order. The ruling reinstated San Jose woman Nancy Ceja's wrongful death lawsuit against Peninsula-based construction company Rudolph & Sletten over her husband's fatal 2007 workplace accident.
    June 20, 2013 - San Jose Mercury News
  • Belief pays off: After being no-hit for four innings, confident Indians break through, beat Royals
    CLEVELAND — Royals pitcher Luis Mendoza was unstoppable in carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning Wednesday night. Once the Indians broke through, however, it didn’t take them long to send him to the showers. Left fielder Michael Brantley led off the fifth with a home run and added a sacrifice fly in the three-run [...] The post Belief pays off: After being no-hit for four innings, confident ...
    June 20, 2013 - The Chronicle-Telegram

  • Investigators believe driver fell asleep before crashing into creek
    Investigators said they believe a driver fell asleep at the wheel moments before crashing into a creek Friday morning in Fox Chapel. According to police, the car veered off Squaw Run Road and ended up in a nearby creek. The car was badly damaged, including part of the roof snapping off. The driver, whose name hasn’t been released, wasn’t seriously injured, officials said.
    June 21, 2013 - WPXI Pittsburgh
  • 'Believe': Sienna Guillory leaving NBC's midseason drama
    NBC's new drama "Believe" is parting ways with one of the stars of its pilot, Sienna Guillory.Her exit is not, however, going to lead to recasting her role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Guillory (the "Resident Evil" franchise) is being written out of the show after the pilot as part of a different approach in the writers' room."Believe," created by Alfonso Cauron ("Children of Men") and ...
    June 20, 2013 - Zap2It
  • Believe It or Not, GM Is Ranked No. 1 for Quality
    It's hard to believe how far Detroit's Big Three automakers have come in such little time since the recession and ensuing bailouts. Here's more proof that domestic automakers are fighting to disprove stereotypes of poor quality.        
    June 20, 2013 - The Motley Fool