make·​shift | \ ˈmāk-ˌshift How to pronounce makeshift (audio) \

Definition of makeshift

: a usually crude and temporary expedient : substitute

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resource, resort, expedient, shift, makeshift, stopgap mean something one turns to in the absence of the usual means or source of supply. resource and resort apply to anything one falls back upon. exhausted all of their resources a last resort expedient may apply to any device or contrivance used when the usual one is not at hand or not possible. a flimsy expedient shift implies a tentative or temporary imperfect expedient. desperate shifts to stave off foreclosure makeshift implies an inferior expedient adopted because of urgent need or allowed through indifference. old equipment employed as a makeshift stopgap applies to something used temporarily as an emergency measure. a new law intended only as a stopgap

Examples of makeshift in a Sentence

when his belt broke, he was forced to use string as a makeshift
Recent Examples on the Web Several thousand unaccompanied children are being held at a makeshift camp in Donna, near McAllen. Dudley Althaus, San Antonio Express-News, "'Everyone wants to come': Why so many Central Americans are crossing the border," 20 Mar. 2021 But the app currently requires special equipment and ethernet wiring instead of wifi, which may deter a makeshift musical on Clubhouse. Bill Hochberg, Forbes, "Clubhouse Is Fast Becoming A Music Mecca ... And A Hot Mess," 1 Mar. 2021 Sunlight faded on Madison Street as hundreds of people emerged from tents and other makeshift living quarters assembled on the side of the road., "'I'm afraid to leave. I'm afraid to fail': Homeless for 6 years, Darlene wants to get off the streets ... or does she?," 22 Feb. 2021 On a hunch that the area was clear, Rocky charged in and sets up a few chairs behind a makeshift blind. Ben Romans, Outdoor Life, "Idaho Black Bear Hunting Offers a Close-to-Home Adventure," 9 Mar. 2021 Videos and photos showed protesters running away as police charged at them, and residents setting up makeshift roadblocks to slow their advance. Fox News, "Burma military crackdown on anti-coup protests leaves at least 2 dead," 28 Feb. 2021 Samanic earned his second career start in Popovich’s makeshift lineup in OKC, and responded with four points and four rebounds in 19 minutes. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs' COVID outbreak means opportunity for unknowns," 26 Feb. 2021 Below, see some of the world’s most impressive makeshift COVID-19 vaccination hubs, from New York’s Citi Field to Moscow’s Krylatskoye Ice Palace to the United Kingdom’s Salisbury Cathedral. Maïa Booker, Time, "Baseball Stadiums, Theme Parks, Cathedrals: See the World's Makeshift COVID-19 Vaccination Hubs," 22 Feb. 2021 But the makeshift lineups did shed light on another curiosity the Mavericks and their followers otherwise wouldn’t have answered at this point in the season. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "With Mavs’ lineups in flux, rookies Josh Green, Tyrell Terry show no fear — even vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo," 16 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of makeshift

1766, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of makeshift was in 1766

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“Makeshift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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make·​shift | \ ˈmāk-ˌshift How to pronounce makeshift (audio) \

Kids Definition of makeshift

: serving as a temporary substitute I used my jacket as a makeshift pillow.

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