American English

Definition of faith noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] faith (in somebody/something) trust in someone's ability or knowledge; trust that someone or something will do what has been promised I have great faith in you—I know you'll do well. We've lost faith in the government's promises. Her friend's kindness has restored her faith in human nature. He has blind faith (= unreasonable trust) in the doctor's ability to find a cure.
  2. 2[uncountable, singular] strong religious belief to lose your faith Faith is stronger than reason. Topic CollocationsReligionbeing religious believe in God/Christ/Allah/free will/predestination/heaven and hell/an afterlife/reincarnation be/become an agnostic/an atheist/a believer/a Buddhist/Christian/Hindu/Muslim, etc. convert to/practice a religion/Buddhism/Catholicism/Christianity/Islam/Judaism, etc. go to church/temple (= the synagogue) go to the local church/mosque/synagogue belong to a church/a religious community join/enter the Church/a convent/a monastery/the clergy/the priesthood/a religious sect/a cult praise/worship/obey/serve/glorify Godcelebrations and ritual attend/hold/conduct/lead a service perform a ceremony/a rite/a ritual/a baptism/the Hajj/a bar mitzvah/a bat mitzvah carry out/perform a sacred/burial/funeral/fertility/purification rite/the last rites go on/make a pilgrimage celebrate Christmas/Diwali/Easter/Eid/Hanukkah/Passover/Ramadan observe/break the Sabbath/a fast/Ramadan deliver/preach/hear a sermon lead/address the congregation say/recite a prayer/blessingreligious texts and ideas preach/proclaim/spread the word of God/the Gospel/the message of Islam/a message study/follow the dharma/the teachings of Buddha read/study/understand/interpret scripture/the Bible/the Koran/the Gospel/the Torah be based on/derived from divine revelation commit/consider something heresy/sacrilegereligious belief and experience seek/find/gain enlightenment/wisdom strengthen/lose/question your faith keep/practice/abandon the faith save/purify/lose your soul obey/follow/keep/break/violate a commandment/Islamic law/Jewish law be/accept/do God's will receive/experience divine grace achieve/attain enlightenment/salvation/nirvana undergo a conversion/rebirth/reincarnation hear/answer a prayer commit/confess/forgive a sin do/perform penance
  3. 3[countable] a particular religion the Christian faith The children are learning to understand people of different faiths.
  4. 4[uncountable] good faith the intention to do something right They handed over the weapons as a gesture of good faith.
  5. Idioms
    break/keep faith with somebody
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    to break/keep a promise that you have made to someone; to stop/continue being loyal to someone
    in bad faith
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    knowing that what you are doing is wrong
    in good faith
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    believing that what you are doing is right; believing that something is correct We printed the report in good faith but have now learned that it was incorrect. He bought the painting in good faith (= he did not know that it had been stolen).
    pin (all) your hopes on somebody/something, pin your faith on somebody/something
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    to rely on someone or something completely for success or help The company is pinning its hopes on the new project.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: faith