Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

make it

Definition of make it

  1. 1 :  to reach a particular place, goal, etc. <The ship made it to port.> <Welcome to the party. I'm glad you could make it!> <The story made it to the front page.> <She's finally made it onto the team.> <If we hurry, we can still make it home before dark.>

  2. 2 :  to not fail, die, etc. :  survive <Many new businesses don't make it through their first year.> <He's very sick. The doctor doesn't think he's going to make it.>

  3. 3 :  to become successful <It's tough to succeed in this business, but if you work hard I know you'll make it eventually.> <He made it big in real estate.>

  4. 4 chiefly US informal :  to have sex <His girlfriend caught him making it with another girl.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  behave, act

    :  to begin or seem to begin (an action)

    :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. :  the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

    :  brand

    :  the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up make it? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


of striking ability or excellence

Get Word of the Day daily email!