Meaning of “make-believe” in the English Dictionary

(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)