can make nothing of

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of can make nothing of

:to be unable to understand
  • He could make nothing of the coded message.

Word by Word Definitions

can play
  1. : know, understand

  2. : to be able to do, make, or accomplish

  3. : to have knowledge or skill

  1. : a usually cylindrical receptacle:

  2. : a vessel for holding liquids

  3. : a usually metal typically cylindrical receptacle usually with an open top, often with a removable cover, and sometimes with a spout or side handles (as for holding liquid or trash)

  1. : to put in a can : preserve by sealing in airtight cans or jars

  2. : to hit (a golf shot) into the cup

  3. : to hit (a shot) in basketball

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

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

  2. : brand

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

nothing play
  1. : not any thing : no thing

  2. : no part

  3. : one of no interest, value, or consequence

  1. : not at all : in no degree

  1. : something that does not exist

  2. : the absence of all magnitude or quantity

  3. : nothingness, nonexistence

  1. : of no account : worthless


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up can make nothing of? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!