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make-believe

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

Definition of make-believe

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

First Known Use of make-believe

1794

in the meaning defined above

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make-believe

adjective

Definition of make-believe



MAKE-BELIEVE Defined for English Language Learners

make-believe

Definition of make-believe for English Language Learners

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


make-believe

Definition of make-believe for English Language Learners

  • : not real


MAKE-BELIEVE Defined for Kids

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make-believe

noun make-be·lieve \ ˈmāk-bə-ˌlēv \

Definition of make-believe for Students

: something that is imagined to be real or true

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make-believe

adjective

Definition of make-believe for Students

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


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