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 pluralhad 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
Recent Examples on the Web But despite being on the frontlines of climate change, the Indigenous peoples in the Himalayas are often left out of research, climate strategy dialogues and policy making, Sherpa says. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "Into Thicker Air and Onto Thinner Ice: How Climate Change Is Affecting Mount Everest," 20 Nov. 2020 Decision making shouldn’t be based solely on maximizing profits; corporate leaders also should take into account the needs of employees, customers and broader society, the group said. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Will Political Polarization Stop Companies From Supporting Social Causes?," 20 Nov. 2020 Advance care planning can alleviate some of the anxiety associated with surrogate health care decision-making. Lindy Grief Davidson, The Conversation, "With 250,000 US deaths, COVID-19 is triggering more end-of-life planning – and young people want in on the discussions," 19 Nov. 2020 President Trump’s decision-making is defined by, if anything, incoherence. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Ending the Forever Wars, by Any Means Necessary," 19 Nov. 2020 Wilson’s poor play and decision-making have played a large role in each of the Seahawks' losses this season. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks’ uber-optimists Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson confident they can reverse slide," 18 Nov. 2020 Gingerbread-house making with the Village of Pewaukee Police Department is going virtual this year on Dec. 9. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "35 holiday events still going on in the Milwaukee area, from drive-thru Santa visits to lights displays," 18 Nov. 2020 The crashes set up a worldwide investigation that uncovered a faulty software system and questionable decision-making by Boeing leaders in the high-stakes airplane manufacturing world. Dallas News, "Boeing’s 737 Max cleared to return 20 months after it was pulled from the skies," 18 Nov. 2020 Importantly, these bottom-up, deregulatory reforms leave decision-making to localities while ensuring the freedom and property rights of individual Americans. Michael Hendrix, National Review, "The Pandemic Isn’t Killing Cities. Housing Regulations Are," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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23 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Making.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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