Definitions for make-believe

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. pretense, esp. of an innocent or playful kind; feigning.

  2. (adj.)pretended; feigned; imaginary.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pretense, pretence, make-believe(noun)

    imaginative intellectual play

  2. make-believe, pretend(adj)

    the enactment of a pretense

    "it was just pretend"

  3. make-believe, pretend(verb)

    imagined as in a play

    "the make-believe world of theater"; "play money"; "dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish"

  4. make, pretend, make believe(verb)

    represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like

    "She makes like an actress"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. make-believe(noun)ɪk

    a state in which you pretend; = fantasy

    She lives in a world of make-believe.


  1. make-believe(Noun)

    The quality or act of pretending; assuming something is true when in fact one knows it is not.

  2. Origin: From make + believe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Make-believe(noun)

    a feigning to believe, as in the play of children; a mere pretense; a fiction; an invention

  2. Make-believe(adj)

    feigned; insincere

Translations for make-believe

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act or art of pretending and imagining

a world of make-believe; (also adjective) a make-believe world.

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