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

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

The words believe and belief are often confused by writers. In this article, we explain the difference between them.

Believe means to accept as true, particularly without absolute certainty (i.e., as opposed to knowing) when used as a verb.

Belief means mental acceptance of a claim as likely true when used as a noun.

A good way to remember the difference is BelieVe is a Verb.

Out of the two words, 'believe' is the most common. It appears about two times more frequently than 'belief'.



It's easy to confuse the noun and verb forms of a word because they are similar. One example are the words believe and belief.

Believe is a verb. It means "to accept something is true, have faith in."

Belief is the noun form of this verb. It is the thing that you believe. Belief means "the thoughts held by someone that cannot be proven."

What's the right phrase 'I do not believe' or 'I do not belief'?

The right phrase is 'I do not believe'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Which is right ', I believe ,' or ', I belief ,'?

The correct expression is ', I believe ,'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Is the correct phrase 'reason to believe that' or 'reason to belief that'?

The right expression is 'reason to believe that'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

What's the correct phrase 'every reason to believe' or 'every reason to belief'?

The right phrase is 'every reason to believe'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Is the correct expression 'to believe that the' or 'to belief that the'?

The correct expression is 'to believe that the'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

What's the right phrase 'the belief that the' or 'the believe that the'?

The right expression is 'the belief that the'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Should I use 'in the belief that' or 'in the believe that'?

The right expression is 'in the belief that'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Is the expression 'to the belief that' or 'to the believe that'?

The correct expression is 'to the belief that'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Should I use 'a belief in the' or 'a believe in the'?

The right phrase is 'a belief in the'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Should I use 'the belief in the' or 'the believe in the'?

The correct phrase is 'the belief in the'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Some synonyms of believe are: trust, suppose, credit, credit, accept.

Some synonyms of belief are: faith, conclusion, assumption, idea, thought

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Dictionary Definition of believeDictionary Definition of belief

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

Examples of belief in a sentence

It is sweet and innocent and full of belief.
- A disobedient girl: a novel by Ru Freeman
Had I beenqualified in belief, I might have become a priest.”“But
- The Aquitaine Progression by Robert Ludlum
Most people have at least some belief in the paranormal.”
- Beyond belief by Roy Johansen
When you've got a considered judgment, please let me know.Degrees of belief is our stock-in-trade.
- The Ambler Warning by Robert Ludlum
He had always operated outside a belief in heaven and hell and retribution for sin.
- A Darkness in My Soul by Dean Koontz
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