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.

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

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.

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


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From make + believe.


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