mak·​ing | \ ˈmā-kiŋ How to pronounce making (audio) \

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 artist
b makings\ ˈmā-​kənz How to pronounce makings (audio) , ˈmā-​kiŋz\ plural : the material from which something is to be made especially \ usually  ˈmā-​kənz \ : paper and tobacco for rolling cigarettes by hand

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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

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Both Meier and Labanc then took spots alongside center Logan Couture in what has the makings to be the Sharks’ top line for the start of the regular season. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, "Forward thinking: Why Sharks’ Meier, Labanc signed new contracts so early," 14 Sep. 2019 Texas Tech update: The Red Raiders' defense, which has yet to have a takeaway or force a fumble, will be tested in what has the makings of a shootout. Richard Dean, Houston Chronicle, "College football preview: Texas Tech at Arizona," 13 Sep. 2019 This has all the makings of a rebuilding year for the Cardinals. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville football may surprise some people early in 2019, but it won't last all season," 14 Aug. 2019 This has the makings of a situation that can spin out of control. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Despite the boardroom tussle, IndiGo may hold on to its top spot in Indian aviation," 12 July 2019 For Slate, Henry Grabar writes about public schools’ redesigns in the era of mass shootings, and how fear and the security industry are often leading decision-making, rather than a more patient, reasoned, intentional path. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Welcome to the Military-Educational Complex," 13 Sep. 2019 That's significantly different from what was previously known about parchment-making practices in the area. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to miraculous preservation of a Dead Sea Scroll could be salt coating," 11 Sep. 2019 North Carolina State Freshman running back Bam Knight is a star in the making for the Wolfpack, which has allowed only three points in two games against outclassed non-conference opponents East Carolina and Western Carolina. Scott Keepfer, USA TODAY, "ACC power rankings: Clemson remains No. 1, but there is new No. 2 after Week 2 games," 9 Sep. 2019 Her passions throughout her life included skydiving, swimming, triathlons, coaching, hiking, photography, soap making, sewing, knitting, gardening and painting., "Amanda Ruth Corwin," 8 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of making

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for making

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

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English Language Learners Definition of making

: the action or process of producing or making something
: something that causes someone to become better or more successful
US : the people or things that are needed for making something

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