None of us had hesitated to shoot, because we all believed it.
She believed he made his money from illegal gambling and maybe loansharking.
I remember a specific time in my early-to-mid teens in a cinema where I believed being an actor was a very noble thing.
However, we have just had a necessary wake-up call that all is not as secure as we believed.
In fact, the desire for intimate fraternity was considered more than just normal for a male life; it was believed to be essential.
It seemed that Mary believed her confidence his due, for she told him the fact.
Might not the same history be told of much that is believed?
I vowed the captain was no friend of mine; yet I believed him honest.
I have sought for thee throughout the world, and at last I believed thee dead.
She believed that both the smoke and fire were caused by the serpent.
Old English belyfan "to believe," earlier geleafa (Mercian), gelefa (Northumbrian), gelyfan (West Saxon) "believe," from Proto-Germanic *ga-laubjan "to believe," perhaps literally "hold dear, love" (cf. Old Saxon gilobian "believe," Dutch geloven, Old High German gilouben, German glauben), ultimately a compound based on PIE *leubh- "to care, desire, love" (see belief).
Spelling beleeve is common till 17c.; then altered, perhaps by influence of relieve, etc. To believe on instead of in was more common in 16c. but now is a peculiarity of theology; believe of also sometimes was used in 17c. Related: Believed (formerly occasionally beleft); believing. Expression believe it or not attested by 1874; Robert Ripley's newspaper cartoon of the same name is from 1918. Emphatic you better believe attested from 1854.