[ meyk-bi-leev ]
/ ˈmeɪk bɪˌliv /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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