Because “belief” and “believe” are homophones (words that sound alike), they are often confused. Some tips on telling them apart.
- Belief vs. believe: the difference
Is a noun: A word that refers to a person, place, thing, event, substance, or quality.
Is a verb: A word or phrase that describes an action, condition, or experience.
- Belief vs. believe: the definitions
- The feeling of being certain that something exists or is true.
- A religious faith.
- Verb (used without object)
- To have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so.
- Verb (used with object)
- To have confidence or faith in the truth (a positive assertion, story).
- To have confidence in the claims of (a person).
- To have an opinion that (a person or thing) is, has been, or will be engaged in a given action.
- Belief vs. believe: the synonyms
Could also mean (synonyms): Acceptance, confidence, conviction, faith, hope, opinion, theory, understanding, feeling.
The synonyms for this word include: Think, accept, admit, consider, hold, trust, conclude, suppose, understand.
- Belief vs. believe: in a sentence
- All religious and political beliefs should be respected equally.
- It is my firm belief that by next year, Angelina will produce an award-winning movie.
- It is a popular belief that all her furniture are antiques.
- I admire her so much because she has the courage to stand up for her beliefs.
- There is a growing belief that I will not get my promotion this year.
- We believe she moved overseas to be closer to her family.
- Please believe me as I have no reason to lie to you.
- Grace believes that she can win the writing competition.
- Contrary to popular opinion, I don’t believe that Mr. Smith is capable of killing his wife.
- I believe that she will do the right thing to protect her children.
Reference: Cambridge Dictionary