[+person, thing] croire
→ Don't believe what you read in the papers.
→ She didn't believe his story.
→ I didn't believe him.
I don't believe you. Je ne te crois pas.
believe it or not vous me croirez si vous voulez
would you believe it! vous rendez-vous compte?
believe you me croyez-moi
I couldn't believe my eyes je n'en croyais pas mes yeux
I couldn't believe my ears je n'en croyais pas mes oreilles
vi croire to believe in [+God] croire en → I believe in God. [+ghosts] croire à Do you believe in ghosts? Tu crois aux fantômes? → I don't believe in ghosts. [+method] croire à → candidates who believed in democracy → He believed in marital fidelity. I don't believe in corporal punishment. Je ne suis pas partisan des châtiments corporels. to be believed to be ..., He is believed to be abroad. Il serait à l'étranger. to believe (that) ...
(=think) croire que ..., penser que ... → Experts believe that the drought will be extensive. → He believed she would come back. to believe in sb croire en qn, avoir confiance en qn → His parents always believed in him, and encouraged him. to believe in o.s. avoir confiance en soi → If you believe in yourself you can succeed.
(=fantasy) illusion f
→ I always thought it was just make-believe
→ we know it's a Scotland of make believe - albeit a Scotland we can sell
→ Anyone with half a brain will see this is make-believe
It's just make-believe. C'est une illusion.
a world of make-believe un monde d'illusions
→ He escapes into the world of make-believe.
a life of make-believe une vie de faux-semblants
→ She squandered millions on a life of make-believe.
to play at make-believe jouer à faire semblant
→ She used to play games of make-believe with her elder sister.
a make-believe world un monde d'illusions
→ The man lived in a make-believe world surrounded by bizarre props including a pilot's raincoat and a microlite aircraft that he had never flown ...
→ people whose make-believe world is far removed from real life
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