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

Definition of makeshift

: a usually crude and temporary expedient : substitute A large box served as a makeshift table.

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makeshift adjective

Synonyms for makeshift


expedient, stopgap

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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

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Goldsmith, who teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania, has created a makeshift White House in a historic Venice building that used to be an theatre hall. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "'Alert The House GOP.' After an Artist Printed 62,000 Pages of Hillary Clinton's Emails, She Showed Up at His Exhibition and Read Through Them," 12 Sep. 2019 On offense, Young’s nose for the action leads him to all sorts of makeshift scoring opportunities: from shortish rolls to third-option reads to completely broken plays. Rob Mahoney,, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 The weapon was made of metal with sharp edges and resembled a makeshift banjo, according to police., "As visitors gathered around the bull Sunday morning, a guide from a passing double-decker tour bus directed attention to the sculpture. “That’s the gash,” he said. “See, that’s the gash.”," 10 Sep. 2019 Because her pet snake, a ball python named Alfredo, needs to keep warm, Eliana installed a heating pad below the makeshift tank connected to a thermostat that runs off the main car battery. Taylor Lorenz, Outside Online, "Jennelle Eliana's Rise to Vanlife Stardom," 7 Sep. 2019 But under the cover of darkness in 2017, the cube disappeared, and a makeshift Apple store was set up just around the corner. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Apple’s iconic cube on New York’s Fifth Avenue is back—and in color," 6 Sep. 2019 Sutterley said the items showed that Lopez used the glass as a makeshift ashtray, and had been drinking through the night. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trial begins for Rancho Bernardo man charged in condo fire that killed 2 children," 4 Sep. 2019 On Sunday, 22 hearses - one for each victim- carried the flowers from the Reckard visitation and funeral to the makeshift memorial for all of the victims at the Walmart. Dallas News, "Husband of El Paso massacre victim has his SUV stolen on the day he buries her," 20 Aug. 2019 The makeshift event would grow to host between 20,000 and 40,000 people at its peak -- as many as 250,000 people drove by to see what was going on. Bobby Olivier, Billboard, "The Forgotten Woodstock: The Oral History of Woodstock '89, The Impromptu Little Festival That Could," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of makeshift

1766, in the meaning defined above

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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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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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