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make-believe

[meyk-bi-leev] /ˈmeɪk bɪˌliv/
noun
1.
pretense, especially of an innocent or playful kind; feigning; sham:
the make-believe of children playing.
2.
a pretender; a person who pretends.
adjective
3.
pretended; feigned; imaginary; made-up; unreal:
a make-believe world of fantasy.
Origin of make-believe
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15
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  • Then, after having finished my make-believe work, I retired.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • It is understood that there is to be no make-believe about the fares.

  • All depends on the completeness and constancy with which the make-believe is supported.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • I can't say I'm happy, exactly, but Maud is and I'm goin' to make-believe be, for her sake.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • That was just like my runaway, all innocent acting and make-believe.

    The Christian Hall Caine
Word Origin and History for make-believe
n.

"pretence," 1811, from make (v.) + believe. As an adjective by 1824.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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