make-believe

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈmeɪkbɪliːv/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(mākbi lēv′)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ˈmake-beˌlieve,  n. [uncountable]
  1. a state of pretense, esp. of an innocent kind:a world of make-believe.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. pretended;
    imaginary.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
make-be•lieve  (mākbi lēv′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. pretense, esp. of an innocent or playful kind;
    feigning;
    sham:the make-believe of children playing.
  2. a pretender;
    a person who pretends.

adj. 
  1. pretended;
    feigned;
    imaginary;
    made-up;
    unreal:a make-believe world of fantasy.
  • 1805–15

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