Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun make-believe

2 senses of make-believe

Sense 1
pretense, pretence, make-believe -- (imaginative intellectual play)
       => imagination, imaging, imagery, mental imagery -- (the ability to form mental images of things or events; "he could still hear her in his imagination")

Sense 2
make-believe, pretend -- (the enactment of a pretense; "it was just pretend")
       => pretense, pretence, pretending, simulation, feigning -- (the act of giving a false appearance; "his conformity was only pretending")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb make-believe

1 sense of make believe

Sense 1
make, pretend, make believe -- (represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like; "She makes like an actress")
       => act, play, represent -- (play a role or part; "Gielgud played Hamlet"; "She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role"; "She played the servant to her husband's master")

Antonyms of adj make-believe

1 sense of make-believe

Sense 1
make-believe, pretend -- (imagined as in a play; "the make-believe world of theater"; "play money"; "dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish")

INDIRECT (VIA unreal) -> real, existent -- (being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory; "real objects"; "real people; not ghosts"; "a film based on real life"; "a real illness"; "real humility"; "Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow)

Similarity of adj make-believe

1 sense of make-believe

Sense 1
make-believe, pretend -- (imagined as in a play; "the make-believe world of theater"; "play money"; "dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish")
       => unreal (vs. real) -- (lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria; "ghosts and other unreal entities"; "unreal propaganda serving as news")

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