make believe

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

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VerbEdit

make believe (third-person singular simple present makes believe, present participle making believe, simple past and past participle made believe)

  1. (idiomatic, childish) To pretend or imagine.
    Let's build a fort out of chairs and blankets and make believe we are pirates.
    • 1927, Oscar Hammerstein II, Show Boat
      Only make believe I love you, / Only make believe that you love me. / Others find peace of mind in pretending, / Couldn’t you? / Couldn’t I? / Couldn’t we? / Make believe our lips are blending / In a phantom kiss, or two, or three. / Might as well make believe I love you, / For to tell the truth I do.

TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

make believe (usually uncountable, plural make believes)

  1. The act of pretending that what is imaginary is real.

AdjectiveEdit

make believe (comparative more make believe, superlative most make believe)

  1. imaginary; conjured in someone's imagination, especially when imagined by a child