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verb \ˈmāk\

Definition of make


play \ˈmād\


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a obsolete :  behave, act b :  to begin or seem to begin (an action) <made to go>

  3. 2 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>

  4. 3 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>

  5. 4 :  to frame or formulate in the mind <make plans>

  6. 5 :  to put together from components :  constitute <houses made of stone>

  7. 6 a :  to compute or estimate to be b :  to form and hold in the mind <make no doubt of it>

  8. 7 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

  9. 8 :  to prepare (hay) by cutting, drying, and storing

  10. 9 a :  to cause to be or become <made them happy> <makes it possible> b :  appoint <made him bishop>

  11. 10 a :  enact, establish <make laws> b :  to execute in an appropriate manner <make a will> c :  set, name <make a price>

  12. 11 a chiefly dialect :  shut <the doors are made against you — Shakespeare> b :  to cause (an electric circuit) to be completed

  13. 12 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>

  14. 13 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>

  15. 14 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

  16. 15 :  to cause to act in a certain way :  compel <make her give it back>

  17. 16 :  to cause or assure the success or prosperity of <can either make you or break you>

  18. 17 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>

  19. 18 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

  20. 19 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>

  21. 20 :  to gain (as money) by working, trading, or dealing <make a living>

  22. 21 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>

  23. 22 a :  to fulfill (a contract) in a card game b :  to win a trick with (a card)

  24. 23 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>

  25. 24 :  to persuade to consent to sexual intercourse :  seduce

  26. 25 :  to provide the most enjoyable or satisfying experience of <meeting the star of the show really made our day>

  27. intransitive verb
  28. 1 archaic :  to compose poetry

  29. 2 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

  30. 3 :  set out, head <made after the fox> <made straight for home>

  31. 4 :  to increase in height or size <the tide is making now>

  32. 5 :  to reach or extend in a certain direction

  33. 6 :  to have considerable effect <courtesy makes for safer driving>

  34. 7 :  to undergo manufacture or processing <the silk makes up beautifully>

make a face


make faces

  1. :  to distort one's features :  grimace

make a mountain out of a molehill

  1. :  to treat a trifling matter as of great importance

make away with

  1. 1 :  to carry off :  steal

  2. 2 :  kill

make believe

make bold

make book

  1. :  to accept bets at calculated odds on all the entrants in a race or contest

make common cause

  1. :  to unite to achieve a shared goal

make do

  1. :  to get along or manage with the means at hand

make ends meet

  1. :  to make one's means adequate to one's needs

make eyes

  1. :  ogle

make friends with

  1. :  to establish a friendship or friendly relations with

make fun of

  1. :  to make an object of amusement or laughter :  ridicule, mock

make good

  1. 1 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>

  2. 2 :  to prove to be capable; also :  succeed

make hay

  1. :  to make use of a situation or circumstance especially in order to gain an advantage

make head

  1. 1 :  to make progress especially against resistance

  2. 2 :  to rise in armed revolt

make it

  1. 1 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>

  2. 2 :  to have sexual intercourse

  3. 3 :  survive, live <half the cubs won't make it through their first year>

make light of

  1. :  to treat as of little account

make love

  1. 1 :  woo, court

  2. 2 a :  neck, pet b :  to engage in sexual intercourse

make much of

  1. 1 :  to treat as of importance

  2. 2 :  to treat with obvious affection or special consideration

make nice

  1. :  to be deliberately and often insincerely polite and agreeable <must make nice to politicians they cannot stand — Ken Auletta>

make no bones

  1. :  to be straightforward, unhesitating, or sure <makes no bones about the seriousness of the matter>

make one's mark

  1. :  to achieve success or fame

make public

make sail

  1. 1 :  to raise or spread sail

  2. 2 :  to set out on a voyage

make shift

  1. :  to manage with difficulty

make sport of

make the grade

  1. :  to measure up to some standard :  be successful

make the most of

  1. :  to show or use to the best advantage

make the scene

  1. :  to be present at or participate in a usually specified activity or event

make time

  1. 1 :  to travel fast

  2. 2 :  to gain time

  3. 3 :  to make progress toward winning favor <trying to make time with the waitress>

make tracks

  1. 1 :  to proceed at a walk or run

  2. 2 :  to go in a hurry :  run away, flee

make use of

  1. :  to put to use :  employ

make water

  1. 1 of a boat :  leak

  2. 2 :  urinate

make waves

  1. :  to create a stir or disturbance

make way

  1. 1 :  to give room for passing, entering, or occupying

  2. 2 :  to make progress

make with

  1. slang :  produce, perform —usually used with the

Examples of make in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

  1. 1 a :  the manner or style in which a thing is constructed b :  brand 4a

  2. 2 :  the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person <men of his make are rare>

  3. 3 a :  the action of producing or manufacturing b :  the actual yield or amount produced over a specified period :  output

  4. 4 :  the act of shuffling cards; also :  turn to shuffle

on the make

  1. 1 :  in the process of forming, growing, or improving

  2. 2 :  in quest of a higher social or financial status

  3. 3 :  in search of sexual adventure

Examples of make in a sentence

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

14th Century

First Known Use of make

14th century

MAKE Defined for Kids



verb \ˈmāk\

Definition of make for Students




  1. 1 :  to form or put together out of material or parts <Do you know how to make a dress?>

  2. 2 :  to cause to exist or occur <Don't make trouble.> <It makes a funny noise.>

  3. 3 :  to prepare food or drink <She made breakfast for us.>

  4. 4 :  to cause to be or become <Your visit made them happy.>

  5. 5 :  compel 1 <Grandma will make them go to bed.>

  6. 6 :  to arrange the blankets and sheets on (a bed) so that the mattress is covered

  7. 7 :  to combine to produce <Two and two make four.>

  8. 8 :  get 1, gain <We made a profit on the sale.> <Does she make friends easily?>

  9. 9 :  1reach 2 <We made it home.>

  10. 10 :  1do 1, perform <I'm making a speech.> <He made a gesture.>

  11. 11 :  to act so as to be <Make sure you have your toothbrush.>


\ˈmā-kər\ noun

make believe

  1. :  to act as if something known to be imaginary is real or true

make fun of

  1. :  to cause to be the target of laughter in an unkind way

make good

  1. :  fulfill 1, complete <I made good my promise.>

make out

  1. 1 :  to write out <I'll make out a list.>

  2. 2 :  understand 1 <I can't make out what this says.>

  3. 3 :  identify 1 <I can't make out who it is.>

  4. 4 :  1fare <How did you make out on your tests?>

make up

  1. 1 :  to create from the imagination <He made up a story.>

  2. 2 :  2form 3, compose <Eleven players make up the team.>

  3. 3 :  to do something to correct or repay a wrong <Volunteer work made up for their mischief.>

  4. 4 :  to become friendly again <They quarreled but later made up.>

  5. 5 :  to put on makeup

  6. 6 :  decide 1 <I've finally made up my mind.>




Definition of make for Students

  1. :  1brand 2 <What make of car did you buy?>

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