What does make believe mean?

Definitions for make believe
make be·lieve

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pretense, pretence, make-believenoun

    imaginative intellectual play

  2. make-believe, pretendadjective

    the enactment of a pretense

    "it was just pretend"

  3. make-believe, pretendverb

    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 believeverb

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

    "She makes like an actress"


  1. make believeverb

    To pretend; -- often used with that, but often having the that omitted; as, he made believe he didn't hear her; or he made believe that he didn't hear her.


  1. make believenoun

    The act of pretending that what is imaginary is real.

  2. make believeverb

    To pretend or imagine.

  3. make believeadjective

    imaginary; conjured in someone's imagination, especially when imagined by a child


  1. Make Believe

    Make Believe is a hit song by the American rock band Toto, released as the second single from their triple platinum 1982 album Toto IV. It peaked at #19 in Cash Box magazine and at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on 25 September 1982.


  1. make believe

    Make believe refers to the act of pretending, imagining, or creating a fictional story, scenario, or character, typically as a form of play or entertainment. This can involve role-playing, use of props, or any form of fantastical or creative thinking. It's common among children as a part of their developmental process but can also be used by adults in various contexts like theater, storytelling, and more.


  1. Make Believe

    Make Believe is the fifth studio album by Weezer, released on May 10, 2005, the eleventh anniversary of the release of their debut album. Bolstered by the Top 10 hit single "Beverly Hills", it gave Weezer their biggest chart album peak yet, hitting #11 in the UK, #1 in Canada, and #2 in the U.S., where it went gold quickly, and eventually platinum. The song also earned the band their first Grammy nomination for Best Rock Song. Despite this, Make Believe has received mixed reviews from critics and fans, though it has remained a consistent seller. As of December 2007, Make Believe has sold 1,215,000 units in the U.S. alone. It reached number two, the band's highest peak to date. Make Believe features the band's first two songs to top the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, the aforementioned "Beverly Hills" and "Perfect Situation."

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of make believe in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of make believe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of make believe in a Sentence

  1. Napoleon Bonaparte:

    Few really believe. The most only believe that they believe or even make believe.

  2. Henry David Thoreau, Simplify Simplify:

    Say what you have to say, not what you ought. any truth is better than make-Believe!

  3. William Hazlitt:

    Man is a make-believe animal - he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part.

  4. Linda Wasmer Andrews:

    Free play is as good for developing minds as it is for growing bodies, through unfettered play, children interact with their world and stretch their creativity. To watch young children engaged in make-believe play is to be in awe of undiluted imagination.

  5. Alden Ehrenreich:

    As a kid, this character especially, Director Rian Johnson play make-believe and Director Rian Johnson kind of imagine what it would be like.


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