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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - The enactment of a pretense; Imaginative intellectual play adj. - Imagined as in a play.

Usage examples (39)
  • The make-believe world of theater
  • Playing make-believe: Yes, the warrants are confusing.
  • But it wouldn't be make-believe if you believed in me.
  • Young Kim, by contrast, used make-believe to get ahead. for more
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  • When the stress of her work became unbearable, the fashion designer liked to "make believe" (pretend) she was a child again and would play "make-believe" (an imaginative act of pretending) wearing her mother's vintage gowns.
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