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
For China this has the makings of a damaging cycle.
The patio draws crowds seeking micheladas and spiked aguas frescas, the makings of many a drinking fest beneath the palms.
Both Ivanka and her husband routinely participate in political decision-making.
Not surprisingly, selling even a minority stake in the loss-making, 85-year-old company isn’t going to be a cakewalk.
A redevelopment project that has been at least three years in the making was unanimously approved by New Lenox village officials in a meeting last week.
As for his decision-making process, Portman said he would not be influenced by pressure from the White House, GOP leaders, or outside groups.
Neither shark nor human was injured in the making of this video, said Kitsap County 19-year-old Alex Winn.
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.
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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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