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make–believe

play
noun make–be·lieve \ˈmāk-bə-ˌlēv\

Definition of make–believe

  1. :  a pretending that what is not real is real <a fiction writer's childish willingness to immerse himself in make–believe — John Updike>

1811

First Known Use of make–believe

1811

Variants of make–believe

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make–belief

play \-ˌlēf\

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make–believe

adjective make–be·lieve

Definition of make–believe

1824

First Known Use of make–believe

1824



MAKE–BELIEVE Defined for English Language Learners

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make–believe

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noun make–be·lieve \ˈmāk-bə-ˌlēv\

Definition of make–believe for English Language Learners

  • : things that are imagined or pretended to be true or real


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make–believe

adjective make–be·lieve

Definition of make–believe for English Language Learners

  • : not real


MAKE–BELIEVE Defined for Kids

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make–believe

play
noun make–be·lieve \ˈmāk-bə-ˌlēv\

Definition of make–believe for Students

  1. :  something that is imagined to be real or true


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make–believe

play
adjective make–be·lieve

Definition of make–believe for Students

  1. :  not real :  imaginary <She plays with make-believe friends.>


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