make-believe [māk′bə lēv′]
Make believe is defined as something that is pretend or that is not real.
An example of make believe is a castle that you pretend you live in but that really doesn't exist at all.
The definition of make believe is when you pretend that something is true or real even when it is not.
An example of make believe is when you say you are a princess, although you really are not.
A little girl plays in her make-believe castle.
make-believe definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- pretense; feigning
- a pretender
pretended; feigned; sham
make-believe definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Playful or fanciful pretense.
- makeˈ-be·lieveˌ adjective
make-believe - Phrases/Idioms
Pretend, as in Let's make believe we're elves. This expression in effect means making oneself believe in an illusion. [Early 1700s]