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- v. To pretend or imagine.
- n. The act of pretending that what is imaginary is real.
- adj. imaginary; conjured in someone's imagination, especially when imagined by a child
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But as to marrying for love, as we used to think of, and as charming poets make believe – my dear, now-a-days, nous avons changé tout cela.
As Gadi took her, she tried to make believe it was Richard, tried to have Richard if even by proxy.
If I don't like a thing, I don't like it, that's all; and there is no reason under the sun why I should ape a liking for it just because the majority of my fellow-creatures like it, or make believe they like it.
The diptheria has not progressed, but since Mr. L left I have had 24 cases of make believe sickness to prescribe for, the fever invariably having "just gone off" and recurring always at night.
He carried this kind of trickery so far, that he would sometimes mount his horse, and make believe he was going to St. Michael's; and, in thirty minutes afterward, you might find his horse tied in the woods, and the snake-like Covey lying flat in the ditch, with his head lifted above its edge, or in a fence corner, watching every movement of the slaves!
She tried to make believe the homey noises of showering were Jennan's, but her new passenger's ways were completely different
I used to make believe the bath was a boat slowly filling with water.