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believe  

1    accept, be certain of, be convinced of, buy     (slang)   count on, credit, depend on, have faith in, hold, place confidence in, presume true, rely on, swallow     (informal)   swear by, take as gospel, take on board, trust  
2    assume, conjecture, consider, gather, guess     (informal, chiefly U.S. & Canad.)   imagine, judge, maintain, postulate, presume, reckon, speculate, suppose, think  
  
Antonyms     
   disbelieve, distrust, doubt, know, question  


make-believe  
1   
      n   charade, dream, fantasy, imagination, play-acting, pretence, unreality  
2   
      adj   dream, fantasized, fantasy, imaginary, imagined, made-up, mock, pretend, pretended, sham, unreal  
  
Antonyms     
,       n   actuality, fact, reality, truthfulness  
      adj   authentic, genuine, real, unfeigned  
make believe     
act as if or though, dream, enact, fantasize, imagine, play, play-act, pretend  
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believe  

  ( believes    3rd person present)   ( believing    present participle)   ( believed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you believe that something is true, you think that it is true, but you are not sure.  
FORMAL  
(=think)  

Experts believe that the coming drought will be extensive...      V that  
I believe you have something of mine...      V that  
The main problem, I believe, lies elsewhere...      V that  
We believe them to be hidden here in this apartment...      V n to-inf  
`You've never heard of him?'<emdash>`I don't believe so.'      V so/not, Also V n adj  
2       verb   If you believe someone or if you believe what they say or write, you accept that they are telling the truth.  
He did not sound as if he believed her...      V n  
Don't believe what you read in the papers.      V n  
3       verb   If you believein fairies, ghosts, or miracles, you are sure that they exist or happen. If you believein a god, you are sure of the existence of that god.  
I don't believe in ghosts...      V in n  
Do you believe in magic?      V in n, Also V  
4       verb   If you believe in a way of life or an idea, you are in favour of it because you think it is good or right.  
He believed in marital fidelity.      V in n  
5       verb   If you believe in someone or what they are doing, you have confidence in them and think that they will be successful.  
If you believe in yourself you can succeed.      V in n  
6       verb   Believe is used in expressions such as I can't believe how or it's hard to believe that in order to express surprise, for example because something bad has happened or something very difficult has been achieved.  
with brd-neg     (feelings)    Many officers I spoke to found it hard to believe what was happening around them...      V wh, Also V that  
7    You can use believe it or not to emphasize that what you have just said is surprising.  
believe it or not      phrase   PHR with cl     (emphasis)    That's normal, believe it or not.     
8    If you say would you believe it, you are emphasizing your surprise about something.  
would you believe it      phrase   PHR with cl     (emphasis)    And would you believe it, he's younger than me!     
9    You can use believe you me to emphasize that what you are saying is true.  
believe you me      phrase   PHR with cl     (emphasis)    It's absolutely amazing, believe you me.     


make-believe  
1       n-uncount   If someone is living in a make-believe world, they are pretending that things are better, different, or more exciting than they really are instead of facing up to reality.,   (disapproval)    ...the glamorous make-believe world of show business...     
2       n-uncount   You use make-believe to refer to the activity involved when a child plays a game in which they pretend something, for example that they are someone else.  
She used to play games of make-believe with her elder sister., ...his make-believe playmate.     
3       adj   You use make-believe to describe things, for example in a play or film, that imitate or copy something real, but which are not what they appear to be.  
The violence in those films was too unreal, it was make-believe...     

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exp.
blindly believe in smth.; embrace an idea/practice without questioning it.
from the mass-suicide led by People Temple organization leader in 1978, who asked his followers to drink poisoned Kool-Aid juice.
n.
a willingness to believe in the absence of sufficient evidence, or contrary to the evidence.
this could cover all instances of use of the word 'faith'.
v.
to believe or say that some consequences, situation and event are caused by something else.
I always attribute my poor grades on all the math tests due to my stupidity.
n.
lives humanitarian values, may believe in a God or not.
exp.
I can't understand it, I can't believe it, I can't accept it

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