What does make-believe mean?

Definitions for make-believe

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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"


  1. Make-believe(a.)

    Imaginary; as, the child had a make-believe friend to whom he often talked.


  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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Amy Catalano:

    It was amazing, it felt like a movie prop, it looked make-believe almost.

  2. Napoleon Bonaparte:

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

  3. Henry David Thoreau, Simplify Simplify:

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

  4. William Hazlitt:

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

  5. Louis-Ferdinand Céline:

    To philosophize is only another way of being afraid and leads hardly anywhere but to cowardly make-believe.

Images & Illustrations of make-believe

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