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makeshift

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 3)

taking the place of one that came before
  • turned a towel into a makeshift skirt

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makeshift

noun

Synonyms of makeshift (Entry 2 of 3)

a temporary replacement
  • when his belt broke, he was forced to use string as a makeshift

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make shift

phrase

Synonyms & Antonyms of make shift (Entry 3 of 3)

to meet one's day-to-day needs
  • They were able to make shift without borrowing money.

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How is the word makeshift different from other nouns like it?

Some common synonyms of makeshift are expedient, resort, resource, shift, and stopgap. While all these words mean "something one turns to in the absence of the usual means or source of supply," makeshift implies an inferior expedient adopted because of urgent need or allowed through indifference.

old equipment employed as a makeshift

When is expedient a more appropriate choice than makeshift?

The words expedient and makeshift are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, expedient may apply to any device or contrivance used when the usual one is not at hand or not possible.

a flimsy expedient

How are the words resource and resort related as synonyms of makeshift?

Both resource and resort apply to anything one falls back upon.

exhausted all of their resources

a last resort

Where would shift be a reasonable alternative to makeshift?

Although the words shift and makeshift have much in common, shift implies a tentative or temporary imperfect expedient.

desperate shifts to stave off foreclosure

When could stopgap be used to replace makeshift?

The words stopgap and makeshift can be used in similar contexts, but stopgap applies to something used temporarily as an emergency measure.

a new law intended only as a stopgap

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The first known use of makeshift was in 1766

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“Makeshift.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/makeshift. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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