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
4a : potentiality —often used in plural had the makings of a great artistb 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
methods used in the making of wine
she has all the makings of an excellent leader, but she needs some experience first
Recent Examples of making from the Web
As for his decision-making process, Portman said he would not be influenced by pressure from the White House, GOP leaders, or outside groups.
LSU had the makings of a rally in the seventh when Zach Watson singled to start the inning and scored on Smith's double to right-center.
Although every celebrity with an iconic stage name probably used a totally unique method to come up with their pseudonym of choice, Lorde recently explained her own (shockingly simple) decision-making process for her famous moniker.
The performers are applauded by the sirens who understand the athleticism, poise and sheer bravado that goes into the making of a mermaid.
Through an interactive curriculum, Johnson said students will build a LEGO robot and learn about robotic programming, introductory movie making, and 2-D programming.
Safety at the nation’s aging nuclear research labs is under scrutiny as federal officials grapple with issues that have been decades in the making.
This psychological dimension to chimps’ decision-making, taking into account how much a partner risked to help them, is novel.
Attendees of the upcoming 2017 Annual Small Business Conference will get to sign up for one-on-one match-making sessions.
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Origin and Etymology of making
Middle English, from Old English macung, from macian to make
First Known Use: 12th centurySee Words from the same year
MAKING Defined for English Language Learners
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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