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I am a children's writer from the Virgin Islands. Growing up there was like living inside a history book; an imagination stimulator. Consequently I've been writing for just about forever. I am a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and a member of SCBWI.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Alternatives for Believe

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Alternatives is a recurring post in which I give synonyms for an over used word. Click on the tab above for a "complete" list of over used words. 


Depending on how you use it, this list may come in handy for finding another way to say the same thing.

Today's word is:  Believe

I allege there are better ways to spend one's time than worrying about things that might happen. I hold to the opinion that life is too short to be small. I imagine that I am one tiny thread in an infinitely complex web. I believe in love.



absorb, accept, account, accredit, adduce, admit, advance, affirm, air for, allege, analyze, appraise, appreciate, apprehend, ask, assay, assert, assess, assume, attach weight to,

bank on, bargain for, be certain of, be convinced of, be credulous, be of the opinion, bear in mind, bet bottom dollar, bet on, budget, buy

calculate, call for, care for, cast, catch, challenge, cipher, class, classify, collect, compass, comprehend, compute, conceive, conclude, conjecture, consider, count, count on, credit

decide, declare, deduce, deem, defend, depend on, determine, dig, digest

enumerate, envisage, estimate, evaluate, exact, examine, expect, expect from

fall for, fancy, fathom, feel, figure, follow, form opinion

gather, gauge, get, get the picture, give credence to, glean, grasp, guess, guesstimate

have, have dibs on, have faith in, have no doubt, hazard a guess, heed, hit, hit up, hold, hold an opinion, hold out for, hypothesize

imagine, infer, insist

judge, justify

keep in view, keep the faith, knock, know

lap up, lay claim to, lean on, look into, look upon

make allowance for, maintain

need, number

outline

perceive, pick up, pin faith on, place confidence in, plan, plan on, pop the question, posit, postulate, predict, presume, presume true, presuppose, pretend, profess, pronounce, prophesy

rank, rate, read, realize, reason, reckon on, reckon with, recognize, reflect, regard, rely on, remember, require, requisition, respect, rest assured, rest on, run over

scheme, score, sense, set a figure, set down, size up, solicit, speculate, stake on, stake out, sum, suppose, surmise, suspect, swallow, swear by

take, take a shot, take a stab, take as gospel, take at one’s word, take for granted, take into account, take it, take on, tax, theorize, think, think of, think through, trust, twig (this is new one on me)

understand, uphold

view, vindicate

Here's a trip down memory lane, from 1965. The Lovin' Spoonful were upbeat and refreshing at a time when things were getting edgy in the US and world stage and music was expressing discontent.


Dare I ask what you believe in?

7 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's why one of the replacement words is faith.
Great attitude, Bish!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Such a wonderful word! I love this list.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

This is better than a thesaurus!

Talli Roland said...

What a great word for the day. I believe in respect for all humans, regardless of culture OR religious belief!

My Journey With Candida said...

Do you remember that song, not sure what the name is but it did have this verse in it.

I Believe The Children Are Our Future!!

LynNerdKelley said...

What a great list, Bish! And how well I remember this song. I love the Lovin' Spoonful. I have this CD! Yes, I believe in magic - in everyday, regular, ordinary moments!

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

What a fabulous list! Love the song to go with it. :) I do believe in magic.