make·​shift | \ ˈmāk-ˌshift How to pronounce makeshift (audio) \

Definition of makeshift

: a usually crude and temporary expedient : substitute

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makeshift adjective

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resource, resort, expedient, shift, makeshift, stopgap mean something one turns to in the absence of the usual means or source of supply. resource and resort apply to anything one falls back upon. exhausted all of their resources a last resort expedient may apply to any device or contrivance used when the usual one is not at hand or not possible. a flimsy expedient shift implies a tentative or temporary imperfect expedient. desperate shifts to stave off foreclosure makeshift implies an inferior expedient adopted because of urgent need or allowed through indifference. old equipment employed as a makeshift stopgap applies to something used temporarily as an emergency measure. a new law intended only as a stopgap

Examples of makeshift in a Sentence

when his belt broke, he was forced to use string as a makeshift
Recent Examples on the Web The makeshift al fresco dining areas occupying about 30 parking spots throughout Lauderdale-by-the-Sea will be extended by at least six months. Arlene Borenstein-zuluaga,, 12 Oct. 2021 Some thirty thousand Haitians were at the border, seeking asylum, and a number of them had set up the makeshift camp. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 6 Oct. 2021 The waiting families are often homeless or are crammed into makeshift, dirt-floor shacks that lack electricity, running water, plumbing, kitchen, bathroom or other comforts of home. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Oct. 2021 There’s also a parasol that pops up out of the rear to create a makeshift dining space. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 5 Oct. 2021 Friday night, models of various ages and races cruised a makeshift catwalk in a display of radically different cuts, prints and fabrics as a crowd of about 50 people watched. Caroline Tien, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Oct. 2021 The deportees join thousands of fellow Haitians who have been displaced from their homes, pushed out by violence to take up residence in crowded schools, churches, sports centers and makeshift camps among ruins. NBC News, 28 Sep. 2021 The deportations followed scenes of crowds of mostly Haitian migrants massing in a makeshift camp near the crossing at Del Rio, Tex. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2021 The therapy treatment is for people in the early stages of COVID-19 and the makeshift clinic where Lopez took the photo is not meant to serve as a full-fledged hospital. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of makeshift

1766, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of makeshift was in 1766

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make short/quick/light work of

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14 Oct 2021

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“Makeshift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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make·​shift | \ ˈmāk-ˌshift How to pronounce makeshift (audio) \

Kids Definition of makeshift

: serving as a temporary substitute I used my jacket as a makeshift pillow.

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