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

Definition of makeshift

: a usually crude and temporary expedient : substitute

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makeshift adjective

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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 The makeshift camp had been standing for six days, according to the Times Union. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Officers arrest eight people after disbanding 'unlawful occupation' outside of New York police precinct," 23 Apr. 2021 The makeshift bomb malfunctioned, seriously injuring him and sending shrapnel into the leg of a nearby pedestrian. New York Times, "Port Authority Bomber Is Sentenced to Life in Prison," 22 Apr. 2021 The school itself had closed down years before, but more recently it had been converted into a makeshift retirement home for the seven surviving school trustees, all of them alums of long acquaintance. Washington Post, "With ‘Antiquities,’ Cynthia Ozick is as vibrant on the page as ever," 16 Apr. 2021 In its earliest days, patrons downed pints of Community’s Mosaic IPA or Public Ale pulled from a few taps stuck in a wall behind a makeshift bar inside the brewing facility. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, "Community Beer Co. expanding to larger location and will start distilling spirits, too," 9 Apr. 2021 Godwin and my mother remained in the makeshift waiting room outside. Kiana Butler Jabangwe, Los Angeles Times, "Hiking after a miscarriage, grief walks with me," 9 Apr. 2021 But for some, remote work has also been burdensome, with distractions from kids, partners and roommates, makeshift work spaces and little to no divide between work and home life. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "Some workers can't wait to get back to the office," 13 Apr. 2021 The pre-broadcast Premiere Ceremony, where most of the 83 categories were awarded, had an even more makeshift feel. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Beyoncé, Megan Thee Stallion lead Grammys pack; Billie Eilish wins record of the year, Taylor Swift takes top album," 15 Mar. 2021 Start with 7-year-old Damian Olivas of Chula Vista, sporting makeshift Fernando Tatis Jr.-inspired dreadlocks assembled from glue and twine Friday at Peoria Sports Complex. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Padres fans excited to finally see their team play in person," 6 Mar. 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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29 Apr 2021

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“Makeshift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 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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