make-believe

[ meyk-bi-leev ]
/ ˈmeɪk bɪˌliv /

noun

pretense, especially of an innocent or playful kind; feigning; sham: the make-believe of children playing.
a pretender; a person who pretends.

adjective

pretended; feigned; imaginary; made-up; unreal: a make-believe world of fantasy.

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Origin of make-believe

First recorded in 1805–15
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