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English definition of “make-believe”

make-believe

noun [U]  /ˈmeɪk·bəˌliv/ us  
a state of mind in which you pretend to believe that conditions are real, esp. because that reality would be more pleasant than the actual one: Disneyland creates a world of make-believe.

make-believe

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈmeɪk·bəˌliv/ us  
(used esp. in children’s play) representing something that you agree to pretend is real for the purpose of playing: They dueled with make-believe swords and climbed make-believe cliffs.
(Definition of make-believe noun, adjective from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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