Definition of Make as if

1. Verb. Begin or appear to begin an action. "He made as if to shake my hand"

Generic synonyms: Act, Behave, Do



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Make As If

make a spectacle of oneself
make a splash
make a stick for one's own back
make a stink
make a virtue of necessity
make after
make against
make amends
make an appearance
make an effort
make an example of
make an exhibition of oneself
make an offer
make as if (current term)
make away
make away with
make baby Jesus cry
make belief
make believe
make bold
make book
make clean
make common cause
make conscience
make do
make do and mend
make due
make ends meet

Literary usage of Make as if

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The History and Proceedings of the House of Commons from the Restoration to (1742)
"... lays he finds fome are fo ready to make, as if he had eall'd us together only to get Money from us, or for other Ules than we would have it employ'd. ..."

2. A Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions by Richard Soule, George Holmes Howison (1891)
"make as if. Appear, seem, feign, pretend, make believe, act as if, show, ... Pretend, feign, appear, seem, act as if, make as if. Make away With. ..."

3. Natural Theology: Comprising a Discourse of Natural Theology, Dialogues on by Henry Brougham Brougham and Vaux (1856)
"and he asks what such reasoners would think were it also contended that animals do not see, but make as if they saw; nor hear, but make as if they heard; ..."

4. Dialogues on Instinct: With Analytical View of the Researches on Fossil by Henry Brougham Brougham and Vaux (1844)
"and he asks what such reasoners would think were it also contended that animals do not see, but make as if they saw; nor hear, but make as if they heard ..."

5. The Works of the Rev. Joseph Bellamy, D.D., Late of Bethlem, Connecticut by Joseph Bellamy, Noah Benedict (1811)
"... and not pretended he did all from mere grace, which is to affront us, and make as if that constitution was holy, just, and good, and we righteous. .VOL. ..."

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