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 making (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

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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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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16 May 2022

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“Making.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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