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make

play
verb \ˈmāk\

Definition of make

made

play \ˈmād\;

making

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

  3. 2a :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone made trouble for usb :  to cause to exist, occur, or appear :  create make a disturbancec :  to favor the growth or occurrence of haste makes wasted :  to fit, intend, or destine by or as if by creating was made to be an actor

  4. 3a :  to bring into being by forming, shaping, or altering material :  fashion make a dressb :  compose, write make versesc :  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. 6a :  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

  8. 7a :  to assemble and set alight the materials for (a fire)b :  to set in order make bedsc :  prepare, fix make dinnerd :  to shuffle (a deck of cards) in preparation for dealing

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

  10. 9a :  to cause to be or become made them happy makes it possibleb :  appoint made him bishop

  11. 10a :  enact, establish make lawsb :  to execute (see execute 2) in an appropriate manner make a willc :  set, name make a price

  12. 11a chiefly dialectal :  shut the doors are made against you — William Shakespeareb :  to cause (an electric circuit) to be completed

  13. 12a :  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. 13a :  to carry out (an action indicated or implied by the object) make war make a speech make a detourb :  to perform with a bodily movement make a sweeping gesture

  15. 14a :  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 itb 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. 17a :  to amount to in significance makes a great differenceb :  to form the essential being of clothes make the manc :  to form by an assembling of individuals make a quorumd :  to count as that makes the third time you've said it

  19. 18a :  to be or be capable of being changed or fashioned into rags make the best paperb :  to develop into she will make a fine judgec :  form 6b

  20. 19a :  reach, attain made port before the storm —often used with it you'll never make it that farb :  to gain the rank of make majorc :  to gain a place on or in make the team the story made the papersd :  to succeed in providing or obtaining make bail

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

  22. 21a :  to act so as to earn or acquire makes friends easily makes poor gradesb :  to score in a game or sport make a field goal make a birdiec :  to convert (a split) into a spare in bowlingd :  to succeed in holing make a putt

  23. 22a :  to fulfill (a contract) in a card gameb :  to win a trick (see 1trick 4) with (a card)

  24. 23a :  to include in a route or itinerary make New York on the return trip —often used with it make it to the partyb :  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. 2a :  behave, act Don't make as if you didn't hear me.b :  to begin or seem to begin a certain action made as though to hand it to mec :  to act so as to be or to seem to be make merryd slang :  to play a part —usually used with like make like a chicken

  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 The forest makes up nearly to the snow line.

  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

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make faces

  1. :  to distort one's features :  grimace He made a face when I mentioned her name.

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 made away with all the money

  2. 2 :  kill

make believe

  1. :  pretend, feign made believe that everything was all right

make bold

  1. :  venture, dare making bold to think of himself as a guardian of culture — W. H. Pritchard

make book

  1. :  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

  1. :  to unite to achieve a shared goal attempted to make common cause with the radicals in areas they could agree on

make do

  1. :  to get along or manage with the means at hand will just have to make do with what we've got

make ends meet

  1. :  to make one's means adequate to one's needs did all they could do to make ends meet

make eyes

  1. :  ogle Some guy was making eyes at her from across the room.

make friends with

  1. :  to establish a friendship or friendly relations with made friends with his new neighbors

make fun of

  1. :  to make an object of amusement or laughter :  ridicule, mock the movie made fun of macho pretensions — Pauline Kael

make good

  1. 1 or make good on :  to make valid or complete: such asa :  to make up for (a deficiency) made good previous neglect of his childb :  indemnify make good the lossc :  to carry out successfully made good their escape made good on his promised :  prove made good a charge

  2. 2 :  to prove to be capable; also :  succeed The play made good at the box office.

make hay

  1. :  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. 1 :  to make progress especially against resistance they made head against the wind — Charles Dickens

  2. 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. 1a :  to be successful trying to make it in the big time as a fashion photographer — Joe Kaneb :  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 all these problems are humorously described but never made light of — Susan Kenney

make love

  1. 1 :  woo, court

  2. 2a :  neck, petb :  to engage in sexual intercourse

make much of

  1. 1 :  to treat as of importance The drill sergeant made much of his toughness.

  2. 2 :  to treat with obvious affection or special consideration she had evidently enjoyed being made much of in Youngstown — New Yorker

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 made his mark as a literary critic — Eric Partridge

make public

  1. :  disclose None of those disagreements were made public.

make sail

  1. 1 :  to raise or spread sail

  2. 2 :  to set out on a voyage The ship made sail at midnight.

make shift

  1. :  to manage with difficulty We didn't have much money, but we made shift.

make sport of

  1. :  ridicule, mock it visibly grieved him when the rest of us made sport of our schoolmates — Tobias Wolff

make the grade

  1. :  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

  1. :  to show or use to the best advantage made the most of her talents

make the scene

  1. :  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. 1 :  to travel fast made fast time

  2. 2 :  to gain time have to make time to get to the bank before it closes

  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 she quickly made tracks for New York — Glamour

make use of

  1. :  to put to use :  employ Students made good use of the new gymnasium.

make water

  1. 1 of a boat :  leak

  2. 2 :  urinate

make waves

  1. :  to create a stir or disturbance continues to make waves with his unique, highly opinionated approach — Suzanne Biallot

make way

  1. 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. 2 :  to make progress

make with

  1. slang :  produce, perform —usually used with the Straighten up and walk … make with the feet — Raymond Chandler

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 Slavonic mazati to anoint, smear


First Known Use: before 12th century


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make

noun

Definition of make

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

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

  3. 3a :  the action of producing or manufacturingb :  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.

Origin and Etymology of make

see 1make


First Known Use: 14th century


MAKE Defined for Kids

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make

play
verb \ˈmāk\

Definition of make for Students

made

\ˈmād\;

making

  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.

maker

\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.


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make

play
noun

Definition of make for Students

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



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