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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Comstat, like Baltimore City's Citystat system, was supposed to provide leadership with statistics and trend data that would help shape decision-making (a detail that may be familiar to fans of David Simon's television series The Wire). Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Baltimore’s police department is a technological disaster," 29 June 2018 Featuring melodramas, shoot-outs, music, butter-churning, ice cream making, Dutch oven cooking, games, gold panning. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Big July Calendar: Month is lit with fireworks, comic con and the Canyon County Fair," 28 June 2018 Diplomacy has gone into high gear ahead of Monday’s Trump-Putin summit, suggesting a political deal is in the making. Washington Post, "Analysis: Iran role in Syria key item at Trump-Putin summit," 13 July 2018 Some notes: Read the backstory on the making of the Surface Go, reported from Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Panos on Surface," 13 July 2018 Learn topics such as healthy eating, exercise, better balance, decision making, goal setting, effective communication and more. Courant Community, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 10 July 2018 The protestors operate without hierarchy and believe that everyone deserves a role in decision-making., "ICE protestors outside City Hall battle heat, loss of electricity," 9 July 2018 All this might be the makings of a broad, self-aware comedy at the Annoyance, but they're employed here in earnest to curious results. Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader, "A time traveler takes in The View UpStairs and learns important lessons about life and community," 6 July 2018 Looking at lamprey brains has helped illuminate the fundamental circuitry involved in less conscious decision-making. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Blame Your Junk Food Cravings on Your Unhealthy Brain," 3 July 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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