believe etymology

English word believe comes from Proto-Germanic *laubijaną, Proto-Indo-European *loyp-éye-, Proto-Germanic *lībaną (To remain, to be left.), Old English liefan, Proto-Germanic *bi- (By, at; a general locative prefix.)

Detailed word origin of believe

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*laubijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*loyp-éye- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*lībaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To remain, to be left.
liefan Old English (ang) (transitive) to believe; trust; confide in. (transitive) to give leave; grant; allow; consent.
*bi- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) By, at; a general locative prefix.
*bilaubijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To believe.
beliefan Old English (ang) To believe.
*bilībaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To stay, to remain in place.
belīefan Old English (ang)
*bilaibijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To cause to stay, to leave behind.
belǣfan Old English (ang)
belæfan Old English (ang) To be left; remain.
bileven Middle English (enm)
believe English (eng) (intransitive) To have religious faith; to believe in a greater truth.. (transitive) To accept as true, particularly without absolute certainty (i.e., as opposed to knowing). (transitive) To accept that someone is telling the truth.

Words with the same origin as believe

Descendants of *lībaną
believable believer bizarre grotesque leave left lefty
Descendants of *bi-
about and because become before begin beginning behold belong below between beware beyond bless bout but butt by bye for nearby nor whereabouts