make

verb
\ ˈmāk How to pronounce make (audio) \
made\ ˈmād How to pronounce make (audio) \; making; makes

Definition of make

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to bring into being by forming, shaping, or altering material : fashion make a dress
b : to lay out and construct make a road
c : compose, write make verses
2 : to put together from components : constitute houses made of stone
3a : 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
4a : enact, establish make laws
b : to execute (see execute sense 2) in an appropriate manner make a will
c : set, name make a price
5a : to cause to be or become made them happy makes it possible
b : appoint made him bishop
6 : to cause to act in a certain way : compel make her give it back
7a : 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
8 : to frame or formulate in the mind make plans
9a : to set in order make beds
b : prepare, fix make dinner
c : to assemble and set alight the materials for (a fire)
d : to shuffle (a deck of cards) in preparation for dealing
10a : to amount to in significance makes a great difference
b : to count as that makes the third time you've said it
c : to form the essential being of clothes make the man
d : to form by an assembling of individuals make a quorum
11a : 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
12a : reach, attain made port before the storm often used with it you'll never make it that far
b : to gain a place on or in make the team the story made the papers
c : to gain the rank of make major
d : to succeed in providing or obtaining make bail
13 : to gain (something, such as money) by working, trading, or dealing make a living
14a : 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
15a : 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
16a : 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
17a : 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 sense 6b made the bus just in time
18 : to cause or assure the success or prosperity of can either make you or break you
19 : to provide the most enjoyable or satisfying experience of meeting the star of the show really made our day
20a : to compute or estimate to be I make it 23 miles to the border from here.
b : to form and hold in the mind make no doubt of it
21a : to begin or seem to begin (an action) made to go
b obsolete : behave, act
22a : to fulfill (a contract) in a card game
b : to win a trick (see trick entry 1 sense 4) with (a card)
23 : to prepare (hay) by cutting, drying, and storing
24a : to cause (an electric circuit) to be completed
b chiefly dialectal : shut the doors are made against you— William Shakespeare
25 : to persuade to consent to sexual intercourse : seduce

intransitive verb

1 : to have considerable effect courtesy makes for safer driving
2 : set out, head made after the fox made straight for home
3a : to begin or seem to begin a certain action made as though to hand it to me
b : to act so as to be or to seem to be make merry
c : behave, act Don't make as if you didn't hear me.
d slang : to play a part usually used with like make like a chicken
4 : to increase in height or size the tide is making now
5 : to reach or extend in a certain direction The forest makes up nearly to the snow line.
6 : to undergo manufacture or processing the silk makes up beautifully
7 archaic : to compose poetry
make a face or make faces
: to distort one's features : grimace He made a face when I mentioned her name.
make a mountain out of a molehill
: to treat a trifling matter as of great importance
make away with
1 : to carry off : steal made away with all the money
2 : kill
make believe
: pretend, feign made believe that everything was all right
make bold
: venture, dare making bold to think of himself as a guardian of culture— W. H. Pritchard
make book
: to accept bets at calculated odds on all the entrants in a race or contest a bartender who made book on the side
make common cause
: to unite to achieve a shared goal attempted to make common cause with the radicals in areas they could agree on
make do
: to get along or manage with the means at hand will just have to make do with what we've got
make ends meet
: to make one's means adequate to one's needs did all they could do to make ends meet
make eyes
: ogle Some guy was making eyes at her from across the room.
make friends with
: to establish a friendship or friendly relations with made friends with his new neighbors
make fun of
: to make an object of amusement or laughter : ridicule, mock the movie made fun of macho pretensions— Pauline Kael
make good
1 or make good on : to make valid or complete: such as
a : to carry out successfully made good their escape made good on his promise
b : indemnify make good the loss
c : to make up for (a deficiency) made good previous neglect of his child
d : prove made good a charge
2 : to prove to be capable also : succeed The play made good at the box office.
make hay
: to make use of a situation or circumstance especially in order to gain an advantage The candidate made hay of his opponent's scandalous behavior.
make head
1 : to make progress especially against resistance they made head against the wind— Charles Dickens
2 : to rise in armed revolt riflemen who … were called on to make head against a series of resolute efforts to drive them from Kentucky— Theodore Roosevelt
make it
1 : survive, live half the cubs won't make it through their first year
2a : 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
3 : to have sexual intercourse
make light of
: to treat as of little account all these problems are humorously described but never made light of— Susan Kenney
make love
1a : to engage in sexual intercourse
b : neck, pet
2 : woo, court
make much of
1 : to treat as of importance The drill sergeant made much of his toughness.
2 : to treat with obvious affection or special consideration she had evidently enjoyed being made much of in YoungstownNew Yorker
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 made his mark as a literary critic— Eric Partridge
make public
: disclose None of those disagreements were made public.
make sail
1 : to set out on a voyage The ship made sail at midnight.
2 : to raise or spread sail
make shift
: to manage with difficulty We didn't have much money, but we made shift.
make sport of
: ridicule, mock it visibly grieved him when the rest of us made sport of our schoolmates— Tobias Wolff
make the grade
: to measure up to some standard : be successful clever and energetic enough to make the grade in a good law firm— John Train
make the most of
: to show or use to the best advantage made the most of her talents
make the scene
: to be present at or participate in a usually specified activity or event small time poets just making the scene at readings or in little mags— B. Frazer
make time
1 : to travel fast made fast time
2 : to gain time have to make time to get to the bank before it closes
3 : to make progress toward winning favor trying to make time with the waitress
make tracks
1 : to go in a hurry : run away, flee she quickly made tracks for New YorkGlamour
2 : to proceed at a walk or run
make use of
: to put to use : employ Students made good use of the new gymnasium.
make water
1 of a boat : leak
2 : urinate
make waves
: to create a stir or disturbance continues to make waves with his unique, highly opinionated approach— Suzanne Biallot
make way
1 : to give room for passing, entering, or occupying many of the old villas were being torn down to make way for high rises— William Murray
2 : to make progress
make with
slang : produce, perform usually used with the Straighten up and walk … make with the feet— Raymond Chandler

make

noun

Definition of make (Entry 2 of 2)

b : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed
2 : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person men of his make are rare
3a : the action of producing or manufacturing
b : the actual yield or amount produced over a specified period : output
4 : the act of shuffling cards also : turn to shuffle
on the make
1 : in quest of a higher social or financial status
2 : in search of sexual adventure
3 : in the process of forming, growing, or improving

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Examples of make in a Sentence

Verb He works in a factory that makes jet engines. She made the curtains herself. He collected wood to make a fire. She used cheese and a mixture of other ingredients to make a delicious sauce. Someone was making a disturbance. The car's engine has been making a strange noise lately. The rock made a dent in the car's fender. I'm not trying to make trouble. The typist made a mistake. I called the doctor's office to make an appointment. Noun “What make of car is that?” “I think it's a Ford.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, different camera angles make the experience more profound. Eric Ferkenhoff, USA TODAY, "Emotional eyewitness accounts, lots of video: Here's what we learned in the first week of testimony at Derek Chauvin trial," 3 Apr. 2021 Oak leaves make a great mulch to help conserve moisture and return some nutrients to the ground for plant use. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Warm weather will help regreen desert roses," 3 Apr. 2021 The findings about unwanted weight changes make sense in a stressful world, especially in the context of the body’s stress response, better known as the fight-or-flight response. The Conversation, oregonlive, "This is actually why you’ve gained weight during the pandemic," 3 Apr. 2021 Teak decks and a spacious lounge and dining table make the exterior as pleasant as any oceangoing yacht. Howard Walker, Robb Report, "Boat of the Week: The World’s First Luxury Superyacht Barge Lets You Cruise Canals in Style," 2 Apr. 2021 The law's provisions make some alterations to voting scheduling procedures and limits the number of absentee ballot drop box locations, though the bulk of the measure requires a photo ID in order to vote absentee by mail. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "Trump says 'boycott baseball' as MLB protests Georgia voting law," 2 Apr. 2021 Concerned citizens, journalists, nonprofits, lawyers and gadflies all make regular use of FOIA requests, and information that Illinois residents have obtained through FOIA has helped shape public discourse and change laws. Courtney Kueppers, chicagotribune.com, "FOIA for beginners: A state law guarantees access to public records. But it isn’t always that easy.," 2 Apr. 2021 Hairy little aliens make their way to a city in search of their favorite snack. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: James Dean in ‘Giant’ on TCM and more," 2 Apr. 2021 The living room’s large sliding glass doors make guests feel immersed in nature. Sam Sussman, Vogue, "Meet the Designer Couple Behind this Dreamy Joshua Tree Airbnb," 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun How should an experienced executive make decisions about what roles and industries to pursue? Isaac Cheifetz, Star Tribune, "How a simple diagram can help you focus your career," 27 Mar. 2021 Full of emotional resonance and adventure, the book captures the feeling of complete immersion in a game of make-believe. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: ‘Moimoi—Look at Me!’ Review," 26 Mar. 2021 Signs with maps at every junction make for easy navigation. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "The best Sedona hikes you haven't heard of: 5 less crowded, super scenic trails," 5 Mar. 2021 Progress is not changing the color of history, as with Hollywood and Bridgerton (though Queen Charlotte’s backstory is partly drawn from real life; the other Black royals, including Simon and Lady Danbury, were make-believe). Jason Parham, Wired, "What Do TV’s Race Fantasies Actually Want to Say?," 2 Mar. 2021 There was no travel; the entire season was filmed at a sweltering Palm Springs, Calif., resort, which meant the dates were pretty boring and hometowns involved a lot of make-believe. Washington Post, "Real-world lessons from Clare and Tayshia’s season of ‘The Bachelorette’," 23 Dec. 2020 And yet when Wells shot his scenes with McDormand, there was an eerie degree of make-believe in play. Abby Aguirre, Vogue, "The World According to Frances McDormand," 10 Dec. 2020 Moreover, authenticity can prevail in a realm regarded as make-believe. Los Angeles Times, "Video games are the new runway. Coveted fashion brands are loving it," 4 Dec. 2020 Variety was important to us — how many unique sounds can each sound machine make, and how many categories were there? Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "The best white noise machines of 2021," 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of make

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 21b

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for make

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English macian; akin to Old High German mahhōn to prepare, make, Greek magēnai to be kneaded, Old Church Slavonic mazati to anoint, smear

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make

verb
\ ˈmāk How to pronounce make (audio) \
made\ ˈmād \; making

Kids Definition of make

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to form or put together out of material or parts Do you know how to make a dress?
2 : to cause to exist or occur Don't make trouble. It makes a funny noise.
3 : to prepare food or drink She made breakfast for us.
4 : to cause to be or become Your visit made them happy.
5 : compel sense 1 Grandma will make them go to bed.
6 : to arrange the blankets and sheets on (a bed) so that the mattress is covered
7 : to combine to produce Two and two make four.
8 : get sense 1, gain We made a profit on the sale. Does she make friends easily?
9 : reach entry 1 sense 2 We made it home.
10 : do entry 1 sense 1, perform I'm making a speech. He made a gesture.
11 : to act so as to be Make sure you have your toothbrush.
make believe
: to act as if something known to be imaginary is real or true
make fun of
: to cause to be the target of laughter in an unkind way
make good
: fulfill sense 1, complete I made good my promise.
make out
1 : to write out I'll make out a list.
2 : understand sense 1 I can't make out what this says.
3 : identify sense 1 I can't make out who it is.
4 : fare entry 1 How did you make out on your tests?
make up
1 : to create from the imagination He made up a story.
2 : form entry 2 sense 3, compose Eleven players make up the team.
3 : to do something to correct or repay a wrong Volunteer work made up for their mischief.
4 : to become friendly again They quarreled but later made up.
5 : to put on makeup
6 : decide sense 1 I've finally made up my mind.

Other Words from make

maker \ ˈmā-​kər \ noun

make

noun

Kids Definition of make (Entry 2 of 2)

: brand entry 1 sense 2 What make of car did you buy?

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Verb

make, form, and manufacture mean to cause to come into being. make is a word that can be used of many kinds of creation. She knows how to make a chair. They made many friends. form is used when the thing brought into being has a design or structure. The colonies formed a new nation. manufacture is used for the act of making something in a fixed way and usually by machinery. The company manufactures cars.

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