Grammar CheckerSpellingWhat is the difference between 'belive' and 'believe'?

What is the difference between 'belive' and 'believe'?

What is the difference between 'belive' and 'believe'?

The words belive and believe are often confused because they have a similar spelling. But what is the difference?

Belive is obsolete and is hardly ever used—I've never used it before in 40 years of English writing and speaking. You almost certainly want to use believe. It appears about 4,222 times more frequently than belive.

Belive means quickly, forthwith when used as an adverb.

Believe means to accept as true, particularly without absolute certainty when used as a verb.

A good way to remember the difference is that believe ends in -eve. Some people believe that Eve was the first woman.

Should it be I do not believe or I do not belive?

The correct phrase is I do not believe. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Is the correct phrase reason to believe that or reason to belive that?

The correct phrase is reason to believe that. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

Some synonyms of believe are: credit, regard, trust, think, suppose.

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Dictionary Definition of beliveDictionary Definition of believe

Examples of belive in a sentence

I don’t belive in it.
- Thud! by Terry Pratchett

Examples of believe in a sentence

My upbringing had led me to believe that this meant he didn’t love me enough.
- Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren
Maybe tonight was the night he'd learn to believe in magic.
- Beyond belief by Roy Johansen
It was hard to believe that it had happened.
- Cropper's cabin by Jim Thompson
Believe me.”
- Grand Junction by Maurice G. Dantec
I believe you received a letter that said I would be visiting you?”
- The Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff