make-believe

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Playful or fanciful pretense.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Pretense; sham; false or fanciful representation.
  • Unreal; sham; pretended.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Feigned; insincere.
  • adjective Imaginary.
  • noun A feigning to believe, as in the play of children; a mere pretense; a fiction; an invention.
  • intransitive verb To pretend; -- often used with that, but often having the that omitted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality or act of pretending; assuming something is true when in fact one knows it is not.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the enactment of a pretense
  • noun imaginative intellectual play
  • adjective imagined as in a play
  • verb represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From make + believe.

Examples

  • Vampires were just make-believe; horror-movie stuff like demons and zombies.

    Haven

  • Despite my resources, despite my high profile, when it came to intimate relationships I lived in the world of make-believe.

    True You

  • My make-believe was more convincing because Nana had gone upstairs to quilt while dinner baked, and the kiddo was doing homework at the dinette.

    Arcane Circle

  • And, as always, to Mom and Dad and my family and friends for the unwavering support, and to Audrey, James, and Jonathan for putting up with my “spacey” moments and allowing me time to dwell in make-believe lands.

    Darkness Becomes Her

  • The discrepancy between the Congressional Budget Office's findings and those make-believe numbers from the White House leaves us with an 8.6% shortfall, but that piece of legislation is not our only worry.

    Policy Debates Should Use Real Numbers

  • So I made up some Cubans, put a make-believe protagonist among them and published a novel that caught not the place I'd seen and transcribed so much as the one I'd felt and intuited.

    The Good Luck of Notes Turned to Ash

  • This ain't Powerpoint make-believe no more - it's building a real, working rocket.

    Doubts About Ares 1 Continue to Mount - NASA Watch

  • With documentaries I guess I feel I want to just enjoy a world of make-believe, of fiction, and not have my emotions tossed all over the place.

    Movie Review: Exit Through the Gift Shop « Colleen Anderson

  • Yes, Massenet tells the tale charmingly and makes much of those moments that have fuelled children's make-believe for all time – the ball, the midnight-hour escape and that magical shoe-fitting episode.

    Cendrillon; Rinaldo – review

  • Vampires were just make-believe; horror-movie stuff like demons and zombies.

    Haven

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