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make–believe

play
noun make–be·lieve \ˈmāk-bə-ˌlēv\
variants: or less commonly

make–belief

play \-ˌlēf\

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

1794

First Known Use of make–believe

1794


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make–believe

adjective make–be·lieve

Definition of make–believe



MAKE–BELIEVE Defined for English Language Learners

make-believe

play
noun

Definition of make–believe for English Language Learners

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

make-believe

adjective

Definition of make–believe for English Language Learners

  • : not real


MAKE–BELIEVE Defined for Kids

1

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


2

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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