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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.
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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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