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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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 there’s still a belief in the NFL scouting community that Eichenberg has the makings to be the fourth consecutive starting left tackle for the Irish to evolve into a first-round draft pick. Eric Hansen, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football: 6 compelling players heading into winter workouts," 8 Jan. 2020 What’s been reported about Trump’s decision-making process also suggests that the strike wasn’t driven by exigent circumstances. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Next Impeachable Offense is Nigh," 6 Jan. 2020 Since 2015, Congress has a chance every year to alter the language in this defacto germline editing ban or remove the provision altogether and turn the question over to the FDA’s regular decision-making processes. Josephine Johnston, STAT, "He Jiankui is going to jail. Would the U.S. criminally prosecute a rogue gene-editing researcher?," 31 Dec. 2019 At first, this has the makings of tragedy or body horror, but Sophie grows to love her new form and finds freedom in old age. Nick Romano,, "Studio Ghibli: A beginner's guide through the worlds of Spirited Away, Mononoke, and beyond," 24 Dec. 2019 These regions have historically been excluded from the decision-making process at the national level. Yohannes Gedamu, Quartz Africa, "The new political party of Ethiopia’s Abiy holds much promise but faces significant hurdles," 13 Dec. 2019 Or an outlying member could throw a wrench in the alliance’s decision-making process, which requires unanimity, therein vetoing the organization into paralysis. Ivo Daalder, Twin Cities, "Ivo Daalder: NATO at 70: Cracks in alliance are significant," 9 Dec. 2019 This has the makings of another lower-scoring game for Hawaii. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Army at Hawaii odds, picks and best bets," 29 Nov. 2019 This shows that governance matters’ Beyond the decision-making process behind WeWork’s acceptance of the SoftBank buyout, the Sojka lawsuit invokes larger questions about the circumstances that brought the company to this point. Fortune, "WeWork’s Legal Floodgates May Have Just Opened," 19 Nov. 2019

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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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Making.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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How to pronounce making (audio)

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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