making

noun
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

Definition of making

1 : the act or process of forming, causing, doing, or coming into being
  • spots problems in the making
2 : a process or means of advancement or success
3 : something made; especially : a quantity produced at one time : batch
4 a : potentiality often used in plural
  • had the makings of a great artist
b makings plural : the material from which something is to be made; especially \ usually ˈmā-kənz\ : paper and tobacco for rolling cigarettes by hand

Examples of making in a Sentence

  1. methods used in the making of wine

  2. she has all the makings of an excellent leader, but she needs some experience first

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Origin and Etymology of making

Middle English, from Old English macung, from macian to make

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MAKING Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of making for English Language Learners

  • : the action or process of producing or making something

  • : something that causes someone to become better or more successful

  • makings : the people or things that are needed for making something



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