play make-believe


: to think of an imaginary world and pretend to live in it as people, animals, fairies, etc.
children playing make-believe

Examples of play make-believe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The clubhouse has working doors and a steering wheel so kids can play make-believe, transforming this swing set into a racecar, boat, or even a spaceship—wherever their imagination takes them. Erica Reagle, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Feb. 2023 Little ones can get lost in a dense ‘forest’ of pool noodles, or commandeer a pirate ship and play make-believe with a treasure chest full of costumes and treasures. Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Some of you would have Popovich play make-believe, though. Mike Finger,, 11 July 2020 Even young chimpanzees seem to play make-believe. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 2 June 2020

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“Play make-believe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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