- pretense, especially of an innocent or playful kind; feigning; sham: the make-believe of children playing.
- a pretender; a person who pretends.
- pretended; feigned; imaginary; made-up; unreal: a make-believe world of fantasy.
Origin of make-believe
First recorded in 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for make-believe
Donetsk, formerly a make-believe republic, is turning into a little neo-Soviet state.East Ukraine: Back in the USSR
November 19, 2014
We were at the CIA recently, and I broached this question because it was front and center in our make-believe intelligence agency.‘Homeland’ Showrunner: ‘We Knew We Had to Plot a New Course’
September 30, 2013
Was this a conspiracy as charged in the indictment, or just some make-believe as the defense contends?Cannibal Cop’s Dark Fetishes Detailed in Grisly Trial Testimony
February 27, 2013
As head of a state—even such a make-believe state as the Vatican—Joseph Ratzinger has absolute immunity from legal action.Pope Benedict XVI’s Tenure Marred by Human-Rights Failures
February 11, 2013
They play a game called “neighborhood,” in which each boy sets up a make-believe house and Edrees stops by to talk.Bashar Al-Assad’s War on Syria’s Children
August 23, 2012
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
Word Origin and History for make-believe
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper