make-believe

noun
make-be·lieve | \ˈmāk-bə-ˌlēv \
variants: or less commonly make-belief \-ˌlēf \

Definition of make-believe 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a pretending that what is not real is real a fiction writer's childish willingness to immerse himself in make-believe— John Updike

make-believe

adjective

Definition of make-believe (Entry 2 of 2)

First Known Use of make-believe

Noun

1794, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1806, in the meaning defined above

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a world of make-believe

play make-believe

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make-believe

noun

English Language Learners Definition of make-believe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

make-believe

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of make-believe (Entry 2 of 2)

: not real

make-believe

noun
make-be·lieve | \ˈmāk-bə-ˌlēv\

Kids Definition of make-believe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that is imagined to be real or true

make-believe

adjective

Kids Definition of make-believe (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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