[meyk-bi-leev] /ˈmeɪk bɪˌliv/

pretense, especially of an innocent or playful kind; feigning; sham:
the make-believe of children playing.
a pretender; a person who pretends.
pretended; feigned; imaginary; made-up; unreal:
a make-believe world of fantasy.

“pretence,” 1811, from make (v.) + believe. As an adjective by 1824.


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