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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Bringing Matt’s dad onto the show for a decades-in-the-making clash does not fit into this thoughtful formula. Ariana Romero,, "We’re About To Meet Matt’s Dad On The Bachelor. It May Be This Season’s Harshest Twist," 2 Mar. 2021 In other words, rule-making is separated from fact-finding. Howard Yu, Forbes, "Here’s What Boeing 777’s Engine Problem Teaches Us," 1 Mar. 2021 The public display of our private spaces has a long history in art-making. Taylor Aldridge, ELLE Decor, "What Do Our Rooms Say About Us? The Answers Might Surprise You," 26 Feb. 2021 In India, privacy—Signal’s strength—doesn’t seem to be the core focus of rule-making. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "India’s new social media guidelines could make Signal’s strength its weakness," 25 Feb. 2021 There's even evidence that lighting can play a role in decision-making. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Unexpected Ways to Upgrade Your Home Office," 25 Feb. 2021 Governors want logistical, financial and other support from the federal government but also want autonomy in decision making. USA TODAY, "'We have to fight this together as one,' President Biden tells governors of pandemic response," 25 Feb. 2021 Fishers respond positively when their expertise is valued and included in decision making, Garrabou said. Autumn Spanne, The Atlantic, "The Mediterranean’s Red Gold Is Running Out," 24 Feb. 2021 Another area where transportation secretaries can exert control is through federal rule-making. New York Times, "For Buttigieg, ‘Generational’ Transportation Change May Not Be Easy, Experts Say," 6 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of making was in the 12th century

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5 Mar 2021

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“Making.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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