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make-believe

[meyk-bi-leev] /ˈmeɪk bɪˌliv/
noun
1.
pretense, especially of an innocent or playful kind; feigning; sham:
the make-believe of children playing.
2.
a pretender; a person who pretends.
adjective
3.
pretended; feigned; imaginary; made-up; unreal:
a make-believe world of fantasy.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15
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Word Origin and History for makebelieve

make-believe

n.

"pretence," 1811, from make (v.) + believe. As an adjective by 1824.

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