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 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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This tagline-in-the-making came from a new mom who was about to take a trip around Italy with her 12-week-old son—while on maternity leave. Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Maternity Moons Are Now a Thing," 28 Nov. 2018 The Pac-12 announced a gut-punch today that was months in the making: AT&T will no longer carry the Pac-12 Networks on its U-verse service, effective Sunday. Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "Uh oh! AT&T will no longer carry the Pac-12 Networks on its U-verse service," 27 Nov. 2018 Friday’s ruling, though years in the making, potentially provides some fresh impetus to attempts to prosecute allegations of genocide elsewhere in the world, including Myanmar and Sudan. James Hookway, WSJ, "U.N. Tribunal for First Time Finds Former Khmer Rouge Leaders Guilty of Genocide," 16 Nov. 2018 Getting actual Martian dirt will be a process decades in the making. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Create Martian Dirt and It's $20 Per Kilo," 1 Oct. 2018 After signing a beauty contract with Marc Jacobs Beauty two years ago, the supermodel in the making has just signed yet another with YSL Beauty. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kaia Gerber Is The 17-Year-Old Face of YSL Beauty," 1 Oct. 2018 Aggregate Pavilion was 10 years of research in the making. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Robots built this wild plastic pavilion," 28 Sep. 2018 Streets of Rage is getting a sequel 25 years in the making, Subnautica announced a standalone expansion, DICE delayed Battlefield V, Capcom dragged Onimusha out of the vault, and Daybreak killed off Just Survive, a.k.a. the original H1Z1. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Battlefield V delayed, Streets of Rage gets another sequel nearly 25 years later," 31 Aug. 2018 To me, his artworks are only mildly interesting for their willful obtuseness, or for the unusual processes of their making, but not as works of art. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘The Condition of Being Here: Drawings by Jasper Johns’ Review: Willfully Obtuse," 12 Nov. 2018

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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

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

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