make believe



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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.



make believe (usually uncountable, plural make believes)

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


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

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