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make believe



Definitions

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make believe
     1. v. To pretend or imagine.
           Let's build a fort out of chairs and blankets and make believe we are pirates.
     2. n. The act of pretending that what is imaginary is real.
     3. adj. imaginary; conjured in someone's imagination, especially when imagined by a child
Analysis
make
     1. v. To create.
     2. v.          To build, construct, or produce.
                   We made a bird feeder for our yard.
                   I'll make a man out of him yet.
     3. v.          To write or compose.
believe
     1. v. To accept as true, particularly without absolute certainty (i.e., as opposed to knowing)
           If you believe the numbers, you'll agree we need change.
           I believe there are faeries.
     2. v. To accept that someone is telling the truth.
           Why did I ever believe you?

Example Sentences

Say it's only a canvas sky, hanging over a muslin tree, but it wouldn't be make believe if you believed in me. 

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