English edit

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English bilevyng, belevand, bileveand, belefand, from Old English *belēfende, ġelīfende, ġelȳfende. Equivalent to believe +‎ -ing.

Verb edit


  1. present participle and gerund of believe

Etymology 2 edit

From Middle English bilevinge, belewynge, equivalent to believe +‎ -ing.

Noun edit

believing (countable and uncountable, plural believings)

  1. The act or process of having faith, trust, or confidence in.
  2. Belief.
    • 2004, Dermot Moran, Lester E. Embree, Phenomenology: Critical Concepts in Philosophy, volume 2, page 337:
      Some believings are believings with simple certainty; others are more or less uncertain; still others are believings with a reassured certainty, perhaps after a time during which they were uncertain.

Derived terms edit