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make believe

1. verb To pretend. When I was a kid, I used to love to make believe I was an astronaut flying to Mars in my rocket ship, which was really a cardboard box. It's fun to make believe! You can be anyone you want!
2. noun Something imagined; something that does not exist in reality. In this usage, the term is usually hyphenated. The make-believe we engage in as children lays the foundation for our ability to be creative later in life. A lot of people dismiss these movies as simple make-believe, but they contain a very complex mythology. Are you telling the truth about what happened, or is this all just make-believe?
3. adjective Imagined or pretended. In this usage, the term is usually hyphenated. Do they really expect us to fall for these make-believe explanations?
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make believe

Pretend, as in Let's make believe we're elves. This expression in effect means making oneself believe in an illusion. [Early 1700s]
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make beˈlieve (that...)

pretend (that...): The journey seemed like an attempt to make believe that the modern world didn’t exist.a world of fantasy and make-believe
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make believe

To pretend.
See also: believe, make
References in classic literature ?
Among other things, Bob developed a trick of making believe to whirl and not whirling.
You can't tell what's wasted," said Rebecca philosophically; "perhaps that geranium has been hoping this long time it could brighten somebody's supper, so don't disappoint it by making believe you don't like it.
He telleth it always in the third person, making believe he is too modest to glorify himself -- maledictions light upon him, misfortune be his dole
Shall we imagine them in solemn mockery, to play and jest with us as if we were children, and to address us in a lofty tragic vein, making believe to be in earnest?
Sometimes he stopped at the fire-place, and sometimes at the door, making believe that he was staring with all his might into shop-windows.
But sometimes he is like the old juggling fellow, formerly a patient of mine in Ceylon, that making believe swallow jack-knives, once upon a time let one drop into him in good earnest, and there it stayed for a twelvemonth or more; when I gave him an emetic, and he heaved it up in small tacks, d'ye see.
I opened the door to the company - making believe that it was a habit of ours to open that door - and I opened it first to Mr.
But that, too, was play, a making believe to hurt the one he liked too well to hurt.
Lunch was raw fish, and Brian noted that I was having difficulty making believe I liked it.
But it was a pair of costumes she designed and put together during an all-nighter almost 15 years ago that propelled Making Believe into what it is today.
O'Brien, now 73, added said: "Acting is only dressing up and making believe.
At sunup, the woman begins driving the red dirt roads for hours imagining Schrodingers cat and her children making believe from the back seat.
A great power that repeatedly parrots the Israeli line on good and evil while also making believe that it can mediate an Arab-Israeli peace settlement is not a great power at all in the important arenas of integrity, efficacy and credibility.
Among other things, the president is double-counting the funds "saved" from Medicare to pay for ObamaCare at the same time he is making believe the funds would still be around for Medicare.
Talk of legal anarchy is exaggerated, but making believe that the problems will resolve themselves is wishful thinking.