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πιστ-εύω, fut. -εύσω: plpf. πεπιστεύκειν Act.Ap.14.23: (πίστις):—
trust, put faith in, rely on a person, thing, or statement, τινι Hdt.1.24; τῷ λόγῳ Id.2.118, cf. S.El.886, etc.; π. θεῶν θεσφάτοισι A.Pers.800; τῇ τύχῃ Th.5.112; σφίσιν αὐτοῖς Id.3.5; ταῖς ἀληθείαις D.44.3; [σημείοις] Antipho 5.81; π. τινὶ περί τινος Arist. EN1157a21; ὑπὲρ τῶν ὅλων Plb.2.43.2: with neut. Adj. or Pron., λόγοις ἐμοῖσι πίστευσον τάδε believe my words herein, E.Hel.710; τοῦτ' ..Αἰγυπτίοις πιστεῦσαι δεῖ Arist.Mete.343b10; μὴ πάντα πειρῶ πᾶσι πιστεύειν Men.Mon.335: later with Preps., π. ἐν τῷ Θεῷ, ἐν τῷ εὐαγγελίῳ, LXXPs.77(78).22, Ev.Marc.1.15; π. εἰς τὸν Θεόν Ev.Jo.14.1, al.; εἰς τὸ ὄνομά τινος ib.1.12; π. ἐπὶ τὸν Κύριον Act.Ap.9.42: abs., believe, περὶ μὲν τούτου ..οὔτε ἀπιστέω οὔτε ὦν π. τι λίην Hdt.4.96; χαλεπὰ παντὶ ἑξῆς τεκμηρίῳ πιστεῦσαι although it is hard to believe every single bit of evidence about them, Th.1.20: c. acc. cogn., π. δόξαν entertain a confident opinion, Id.5.105:—
Pass., to be trusted or believed, ἄνδρες ἄξιοι πιστεύεσθαι Pl.La.181b, cf.Ep.309a, X.Cyr.4.2.8; πιστευθῆναι ὑπό τινος enjoy his confidence, ib.6.1.39, cf. An.7.6.33; π. παρά τινι D.23.4, 58.44; πρός τινας Id.20.25; ὡς πιστευθησόμενος as if he would be believed, Id.27.54, cf. 36.43; π. ὡς δημοτικὸς ὤν Arist.Pol. 1305a28; πιστεύονται [οἱ λόγοι] Id.EN1172b6; ἐπιστεύοντο ἃ ἔλεγον they were believed in what they said, D.32.4; πρόγνωσιν ἐπεπίστευντο were believed to possess foreknowledge, J.AJ17.2.4.

2. comply, ὡς οὐχ ὑπείξων οὐδὲ πιστεύσων λέγεις; S.OT625, cf. 646; opp. ἀπιστέω, Id.Tr.1228.

3. c. inf., believe that, feel confident that a thing is, will be, has been, E.HF146; ἀληθῆ εἶναι Pl.Grg.524a, cf. R. 450d; ὃς ἂν γνώμῃ πιστεύῃ τῶν ἐναντίων προὔχειν Th.2.62; προέσθαι τὴν προῖκ' οὐκ ἐπίστευσεν D.30.7; π. ὡς .., ὅτι .., X.Hier.1.37, Arist. Ph.254a3, al.: the inf. is sts. omitted, τὰ μὲν οὐ πιστεύουσιν οἱ νέοι (sc. εἶναι or γεγονέναι) Id.EN1142a19, cf. APr.68b13, GA716a7:—
Pass., παρὰ Διὸς ..οἱ νόμοι πεπιστευμένοι ἦσαν γεγονέναι Pl.Lg.636d; πιστευθεὶς ἀληθεύσειν believed sure to .., X.An.7.7.25; ὁ ἥλιος ..πεπίστευται εἶναι μείζων τῆς οἰκουμένης Arist. de An.428b4; πρῶτοι νόμοις ἐγγράπτοις χρήσασθαι πεπιστευμένοι Str.6.1.8: without inf., πιστευθείσης εἱμαρμένης αἴρεται πᾶσα νουθεσία Diog.Oen.33, cf. 23.

4. c. dat. et inf., τοῖσι ἐπίστευε σιγᾶν to whom he trusted that they would keep silence, Hdt.8.110, cf. X.Cyr.3.3.55, Lys.19.54.

5. have faith, Act.Ap.2.44, 19.18, etc.

II. π. τινί τι entrust something to another, τινὶ ἡγεμονίαν, χρήματα, X.Mem.4.4.17, Smp.8.36; τὰν ὠνὰν τῷ θεῷ GDI1684, al. (Delph.); γυναικὶ μὴ πίστευε τὸν ..βίον Men.Mon.86; also περὶ τῶν ἐμῶν τούτῳ ἀξιῶ πιστεύειν ὑμᾶς Lys.30.7:—
Med., have entrusted to one, ἀρχήν Berichte der russ. Akad. fuür Gesch. der materiellen Kultur 4.82 (Olbia, ii/iii A.D.):—
Pass., πιστεύεσθαί τι to be entrusted with a thing, have it committed to one, παρά or ὑπό τινος, Plb.3.69.1, Phylarch.24J., cf. Vett. Val.65.3: c. inf., πιστευθέντας τοῖς ἐχθροῖς διαφθείρειν Arist.Pol.1287a39 (nisi leg.πεισθέντας): c. gen., πιστευθεὶς τῆς Κύπρου Plb.18.55.6, cf. 6.56.13, D.S.12.15, etc.