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make-believenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈmeɪk.bɪˌliːv/ disapproving
(Definition of make-believe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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make believe

to ​pretend: Jake ​likes to make ​believe he’s a ​pirate.

make-believenoun [U]

 us   /ˈmeɪk·bəˌliv/
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-believeadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈmeɪk·bəˌliv/
(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 from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “make-believe”
in Chinese (Simplified) 虚幻,假想…
in Turkish hayal ürünü, yapmacıklık, sahtelik…
in Russian фантазия, выдумка…
in Chinese (Traditional) 虛幻,假想…
in Polish iluzja, fantazja…
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