Share this entry
make-believe Line breaks: make-believe
Pronunciation: /ˈmeɪkbɪliːv/

Definition of make-believe in English:


[mass noun]
The action of pretending or imagining that things are better than they really are: she’s living in a world of make-believe
More example sentences
  • There's no fairy-tale involved like Midsummer Night's Dream where there's make-believe.
  • Of course all photography is illusion, all cinema make-believe.
  • I could play make-believe, pretend away all the pain.
fantasy, pretence, pretending, daydreaming, dreaming, imagination, invention, fancy, dream, unreality, romancing, fabrication, play-acting, charade, masquerade, self-deception, illusion, delusion


Back to top  
Imitating something real: he was firing a make-believe gun at the spy planes
More example sentences
  • Are they all totally imaginary, inspired by real people, or just an amalgam of the make-believe world and the real one?
  • She threw my make-believe corpse into a real open grave while I haunted.
  • He faced a little bush and lifted his make-believe gun.


[no object] Back to top  
Pretend; imagine: you can make-believe you’re swimming out in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean
More example sentences
  • I was knocking them together gently, make-believing that they were real entities, locked in fisticuffs, a classic battle of good versus evil.
  • The dark-haired child gave way to her sister's commands, slinking to the base of the stone pedestal that would be make-believed into a high and impenetrable lair.
  • Children know how to imagine and make-believe, and how to play.
pretend, fantasize, indulge in fantasy, daydream, build castles in the air, build castles in Spain, dream, imagine, romance, fancy, play-act, play
Definition of make-believe in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources