verb \ˈmāk\
made \ˈmād\ mak·ing

Definition of MAKE

transitive verb
a obsolete :  behave, act
b :  to begin or seem to begin (an action) <made to go>
a :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone <made trouble for us>
b :  to cause to exist, occur, or appear :  create <make a disturbance>
c :  to favor the growth or occurrence of <haste makes waste>
d :  to fit, intend, or destine by or as if by creating <was made to be an actor>
a :  to bring into being by forming, shaping, or altering material :  fashion <make a dress>
b :  compose, write <make verses>
c :  to lay out and construct <make a road>
:  to frame or formulate in the mind <make plans>
:  to put together from components :  constitute <houses made of stone>
a :  to compute or estimate to be
b :  to form and hold in the mind <make no doubt of it>
a :  to assemble and set alight the materials for (a fire)
b :  to set in order <make beds>
c :  prepare, fix <make dinner>
d :  to shuffle (a deck of cards) in preparation for dealing
:  to prepare (hay) by cutting, drying, and storing
a :  to cause to be or become <made them happy> <makes it possible>
b :  appoint <made him bishop>
a :  enact, establish <make laws>
b :  to execute in an appropriate manner <make a will>
c :  set, name <make a price>
a chiefly dialect :  shut <the doors are made against you — Shakespeare>
b :  to cause (an electric circuit) to be completed
a :  to conclude as to the nature or meaning of something <what do you make of this development?>
b :  to regard as being <not the fool some make him>
a :  to carry out (an action indicated or implied by the object) <make war> <make a speech> <make a detour>
b :  to perform with a bodily movement <make a sweeping gesture>
a :  to produce as a result of action, effort, or behavior with respect to something <make a mess of the job> <tried to make a thorough job of it>
b archaic :  to turn into another language by translation
:  to cause to act in a certain way :  compel <make her give it back>
:  to cause or assure the success or prosperity of <can either make you or break you>
a :  to amount to in significance <makes a great difference>
b :  to form the essential being of <clothes make the man>
c :  to form by an assembling of individuals <make a quorum>
d :  to count as <that makes the third time you've said it>
a :  to be or be capable of being changed or fashioned into <rags make the best paper>
b :  to develop into <she will make a fine judge>
c :  form 6b
a :  reach, attain <made port before the storm> —often used with it <you'll never make it that far>
b :  to gain the rank of <make major>
c :  to gain a place on or in <make the team> <the story made the papers>
d :  to succeed in providing or obtaining <make bail>
:  to gain (as money) by working, trading, or dealing <make a living>
a :  to act so as to earn or acquire <makes friends easily> <makes poor grades>
b :  to score in a game or sport <make a field goal> <make a birdie>
c :  to convert (a split) into a spare in bowling
d :  to succeed in holing <make a putt>
a :  to fulfill (a contract) in a card game
b :  to win a trick with (a card)
a :  to include in a route or itinerary <make New York on the return trip> —often used with it <make it to the party>
b :  catch 6b <made the bus just in time>
:  to persuade to consent to sexual intercourse :  seduce
:  to provide the most enjoyable or satisfying experience of <meeting the star of the show really made our day>
intransitive verb
archaic :  to compose poetry
a :  behave, act
b :  to begin or seem to begin a certain action <made as though to hand it to me>
c :  to act so as to be or to seem to be <make merry>
d slang :  to play a part —usually used with like
:  set out, head <made after the fox> <made straight for home>
:  to increase in height or size <the tide is making now>
:  to reach or extend in a certain direction
:  to have considerable effect <courtesy makes for safer driving>
:  to undergo manufacture or processing <the silk makes up beautifully>
make a face or make faces
:  to distort one's features :  grimace
make a mountain out of a molehill
:  to treat a trifling matter as of great importance
make away with
:  to carry off :  steal
:  kill
make believe
:  pretend, feign
make bold
:  venture, dare
make book
:  to accept bets at calculated odds on all the entrants in a race or contest
make common cause
:  to unite to achieve a shared goal
make do
:  to get along or manage with the means at hand
make ends meet
:  to make one's means adequate to one's needs
make eyes
:  ogle
make friends with
:  to establish a friendship or friendly relations with
make fun of
:  to make an object of amusement or laughter :  ridicule, mock
make good
or make good on :  to make valid or complete: as
a :  to make up for (a deficiency)
b :  indemnify <make good the loss>
c :  to carry out successfully <made good their escape> <made good on his promise>
d :  prove <made good a charge>
:  to prove to be capable; also :  succeed
make hay
:  to make use of a situation or circumstance especially in order to gain an advantage
make head
:  to make progress especially against resistance
:  to rise in armed revolt
make it
a :  to be successful <trying to make it in the big time as a fashion photographer — Joe Kane>
b :  to be satisfactory or pleasing <if it isn't danceable, it doesn't make it for me — Judy Hyman>
:  to have sexual intercourse
:  survive, live <half the cubs won't make it through their first year>
make light of
:  to treat as of little account
make love
:  woo, court
a :  neck, pet
b :  to engage in sexual intercourse
make much of
:  to treat as of importance
:  to treat with obvious affection or special consideration
make nice
:  to be deliberately and often insincerely polite and agreeable <must make nice to politicians they cannot stand — Ken Auletta>
make no bones
:  to be straightforward, unhesitating, or sure <makes no bones about the seriousness of the matter>
make one's mark
:  to achieve success or fame
make public
:  disclose
make sail
:  to raise or spread sail
:  to set out on a voyage
make shift
:  to manage with difficulty
make sport of
:  ridicule, mock
make the grade
:  to measure up to some standard :  be successful
make the most of
:  to show or use to the best advantage
make the scene
:  to be present at or participate in a usually specified activity or event
make time
:  to travel fast
:  to gain time
:  to make progress toward winning favor <trying to make time with the waitress>
make tracks
:  to proceed at a walk or run
:  to go in a hurry :  run away, flee
make use of
:  to put to use :  employ
make water
of a boat :  leak
:  urinate
make waves
:  to create a stir or disturbance
make way
:  to give room for passing, entering, or occupying
:  to make progress
make with
slang :  produce, perform —usually used with the

Examples of MAKE

  1. He works in a factory that makes jet engines.
  2. She made the curtains herself.
  3. He collected wood to make a fire.
  4. She used cheese and a mixture of other ingredients to make a delicious sauce.
  5. Someone was making a disturbance.
  6. The car's engine has been making a strange noise lately.
  7. The rock made a dent in the car's fender.
  8. I'm not trying to make trouble.
  9. The typist made a mistake.
  10. I called the doctor's office to make an appointment.

Origin of MAKE

Middle English, from Old English macian; akin to Old High German mahhōn to prepare, make, Greek magēnai to be kneaded, Old Church Slavic mazati to anoint, smear
First Known Use: before 12th century



Definition of MAKE

a :  the manner or style in which a thing is constructed
b :  brand 4a
:  the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person <men of his make are rare>
a :  the action of producing or manufacturing
b :  the actual yield or amount produced over a specified period :  output
:  the act of shuffling cards; also :  turn to shuffle
on the make
:  in the process of forming, growing, or improving
:  in quest of a higher social or financial status
:  in search of sexual adventure

Examples of MAKE

  1. What make of car is that? I think it's a Ford.

First Known Use of MAKE

14th century


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