doubt


doubt
doubt1 W1S1 [daut] n
1.) [U and C]
a feeling of being not sure whether something is true or right
Ally was confident that we would be ready on time, but I had my doubts .
doubt about
Elizabeth had no doubts at all about his ability to do the job.
The incident raises doubts about the safety of nuclear power.
The meeting will provide people with an opportunity to voice any doubts they may have about the proposals.
There was still one little nagging doubt at the back of his mind.
doubt as to whether/what etc
Some government ministers had serious doubts as to whether the policy would work.
There is an element of doubt as to whether the deaths were accidental.
There's no doubt that one day a cure will be found.
There is little doubt he was the killer.
She knew, without a shadow of a doubt , that this was where she wanted to be.
The prosecution tried to cast doubt on her character as a witness.
2.) no doubt
used when you are saying that you think something is probably true
No doubt you'll have your own ideas.
She was a top student, no doubt about it (=it is certainly true) .
3.) if/when (you're) in doubt
used when advising someone what to do if they are uncertain about something
If in doubt, consult your doctor.
4.) be in doubt
if something is in doubt, it may not happen, continue, exist, or be true
The future of the peace talks is in doubt.
5.) beyond doubt
if something is beyond doubt, it is completely certain
The prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of the crime.
put the game/result/match beyond doubt
(=do something which makes it certain that a particular player or team will win a match)
Ferdinand's second goal put the game beyond doubt.
6.) without doubt
used to emphasize an opinion
Sally was without doubt one of the finest swimmers in the school.
7.) open to doubt
something that is open to doubt has not been proved to be definitely true or real
The authenticity of the relics is open to doubt.
→↑self-doubt,give sb/sth the benefit of the doubt atbenefit1 (4)
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COLLOCATES for sense 1
have (your) doubts
have no doubts at all
raise doubts (=make people have doubts)
express/voice doubts (=say that you have doubts)
nagging/lingering doubt (=a doubt that does not go away)
serious/grave doubts
an element of doubt (=a slight doubt)
there is little/some/no doubt (that) (=used to talk about how certain you are about something)
not the slightest doubt (=no doubt at all)
without a shadow of a doubt (=with no doubt at all)
cast/throw doubt on something (=make someone feel uncertain about something)
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doubt 2
doubt2 S2 v [T not in progressive]
[Date: 1200-1300; : French; Origin: douter, from Latin dubitare]
1.) to think that something may not be true or that it is unlikely
Kim never doubted his story.
doubt (that)
I doubt we'll ever see him again.
doubt if/whether
You can complain, but I doubt if it'll make any difference.
'Do you think there'll be any tickets left?' ' I doubt it (=I don't think so) .'
2.) to not trust or have confidence in someone
I never doubted myself. I always knew I could play tennis at this level.
She loved him, and had never doubted him.
I have no reason to doubt his word (=think that he is lying) .
>doubter n

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Doubt — • A state in which the mind is suspended between two contradictory propositions and unable to assent to either of them Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Doubt     Doubt      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • doubt — doubt·able; doubt·er; doubt·ful·ly; doubt·ful·ness; doubt·ing·ly; doubt·ing·ness; doubt·less·ness; doubt·some; re·doubt·able; re·doubt·ably; re·doubt·ed; un·doubt·ed·ly; un·doubt·ing·ly; doubt; doubt·ful; doubt·less; mis·doubt; re·doubt;… …   English syllables

  • doubt — I (indecision) noun ambiguity, anxiety, apprehension, apprehensiveness, confusion, dubitatio, dubito, faltering, feeling of uncertainty, hesitancy, improbability, inability to decide, incertitude, indefiniteness, indeterminateness,… …   Law dictionary

  • Doubt — Doubt, n. [OE. dute, doute, F. doute, fr. douter to doubt. See {Doubt}, v. i.] 1. A fluctuation of mind arising from defect of knowledge or evidence; uncertainty of judgment or mind; unsettled state of opinion concerning the reality of an event,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Doubt — Doubt, v. t. 1. To question or hold questionable; to withhold assent to; to hesitate to believe, or to be inclined not to believe; to withhold confidence from; to distrust; as, I have heard the story, but I doubt the truth of it. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • doubt — verb. 1. I doubt whether he ll come and I doubt if he ll come are the standard constructions when doubt is used in the affirmative to mean ‘think it unlikely’. When doubt is used in the negative to mean ‘think it likely’, a that clause is normal …   Modern English usage

  • doubt — (v.) early 13c., to dread, fear, from O.Fr. doter doubt, be doubtful; be afraid, from L. dubitare to doubt, question, hesitate, waver in opinion (related to dubius uncertain; see DUBIOUS (Cf. dubious)), originally to have to choose between two… …   Etymology dictionary

  • doubt — [dout] vi. [ME douten < OFr douter < L dubitare, to waver in opinion < dubius, DUBIOUS; b reintroduced, after L, in 16th c.] 1. to be uncertain in opinion or belief; be undecided 2. to be inclined to disbelief 3. Archaic to hesitate vt.… …   English World dictionary

  • Doubt — (dout), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Doubted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Doubting}.] [OE. duten, douten, OF. duter, doter, douter, F. douter, fr. L. dubitare; akin to dubius doubtful. See {Dubious}.] 1. To waver in opinion or judgment; to be in uncertainty as to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • doubt — ► NOUN ▪ a feeling of uncertainty. ► VERB 1) feel uncertain about. 2) question the truth of. ● no doubt Cf. ↑no doubt DERIVATIVES doubter …   English terms dictionary

  • doubt — [n] lack of faith, conviction; questioning agnosticism, ambiguity, apprehension, confusion, demurral, difficulty, diffidence, dilemma, disbelief, discredit, disquiet, distrust, dubiety, dubiousness, faithlessness, faltering, fear, hesitancy,… …   New thesaurus


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