make-believe

noun
make-be·​lieve | \ ˈmāk-bə-ˌlēv How to pronounce make-believe (audio) \
variants: or less commonly make-belief \ ˈmāk-​bə-​ˌlēf How to pronounce make-believe (audio) \

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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The first known use of make-believe was in 1794

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“Make-believe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/make-believe. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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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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