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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Fed leaders have long said partisan politics don’t enter their decision-making. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Trump’s Advisers Seek to Assure Investors He Won’t Fire Fed Chair," 23 Dec. 2018 His shot-making, toughness and athleticism should help him contribute to the Jazz this season. Jeremy Woo,, "Rookie Report Cards: The Most Noteworthy Summer League Showings," 11 July 2018 Here, as ever, he is fueled by anxiety, sometimes of his own making. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "For the First Time, Drake Runs From His Feelings," 2 July 2018 The Oval Office, once the inner sanctum for only the high and mighty of any administration, under this president has become the main set for his image-making. Andrew Malcolm,, "Is Donald Trump chief executive or executive producer?," 28 June 2018 The two lawyers both ran aggressive campaigns, hammering away at details of her record and questioning her decision-making during the 2015 tumult., "Top Baltimore Prosecutor Mosby Wins Democratic Primary," 27 June 2018 But where Chernobyl was a disaster years in the making, caused by poor design and worse safety standards, Fukushima’s meltdown was due to a tsunami’s unexpected strength. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Belt That Protects Against Gamma Radiation," 27 June 2018 The largest regular season crowd to occupy Minute Maid Park since opening day in 2015 witnessed a sight 10 years in the making, the explosion of a formidable offense that, for the most part this season was, stifled inside this ballpark. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros use trio of homers to earn win No. 50," 21 June 2018 Previously, the regulations applied only to events that were money-making, or where something was being sold. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora amends noise ordinance to include rules for live music at home parties," 14 June 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
US : the people or things that are needed for making something

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