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.

Nearby words

  1. make way,
  2. make whoopee,
  3. make with,
  4. make-ahead,
  5. make-and-break,
  6. make-do,
  7. make-or-break,
  8. make-peace,
  9. make-ready,
  10. make-up

Origin of make-believe

First recorded in 1805–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for make-believe



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper