make1/meɪk/USA pronunciationv.,made/meɪd/USA pronunciation mak•ing,n. v.
to bring into existence by combining material; produce: [~ + object]to make a dress.[~ + object + object]I'll make the kids some breakfast.
to cause to exist or happen; produce:[~ + object]Why is he always making trouble?
to cause to be or become; transform: [~ + object + adjective]This news will make her happy.[~ + adjective + (that) clause]He tried to make sure that everything was OK.[~ + object + into + object]The talent agent says he made her into a star.[~ + object + object]The evidence makes you the chief suspect.
to become; develop into:[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object]Someday you'll make a good lawyer.
to be adequate or suitable for:[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object]This table will make a good lectern.
to appoint; name:[~ + object + object]made her chairwoman.
to force or cause (someone to do something); compel:[~ + object + root form of verb]The pain made her cry out.
to put in the proper condition or state; prepare:[~ + object]to make a bed.
to earn for oneself:[~ + object]to make a good salary.
to write; compose:[~ + object]to make a will.
to agree upon; arrange:[~ + object]to make a deal.
to establish; enact:[~ + object]to make laws.
to form in the mind:[~ + object]to make a decision.
to estimate; figure:[~ + object + at + object]I make the value at $1,000.
to put together; form:[~ + object]to make a matched set.
to amount to; total:[~ + object; not: be + ~-ing]Two plus two makes four.
to provide:[~ + object; not: be + ~-ing]That book makes good reading.
to be enough so as to become:[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object]One story does not make a writer.
to assure the success or fame of:[~ + object; not: be + ~-ing]Her last book really made her reputation as a scholar.
to reach; attain:[~ + object]made admiral just before he retired from the Navy.
to arrive in time for; catch:[~ + object]I just made the plane.
Informal Terms to attain a position in or on:[~ + object]The novel made the bestseller list.
to receive notice in or on:[~ + object]The murder made the evening news.
Slang Terms[~ + object]to have sexual intercourse with.
to score:[~ + object]She made 40 points.
make away with,[~ + away + with + object] to carry off; steal:The thieves made away with all the money.
make for,[~ + for + object]
to move toward:We made for shelter when we saw the clouds.
[not: be + ~-ing] to bring about or keep going:A calm manner in a police officer makes for fewer arguments.
make of,[~ + of + object]
to judge the truth or nature of:What do you make of that remark?
make off,[no object] to run away:The thieves made off before the police arrived.
make off with,[~ + off + with + object] to carry away; steal:The robbers made off with a million dollars in cash.
to write out or complete, as a bill or check: [~ + out + object]I made out the check.[~ + object + out]I made it out and sealed it in the envelope.
to understand; figure out the meaning of; fathom: [~ + out + object]I can't make out this last equation.[~ + object + out]I can't make this out.
to see clearly enough so as to be able to read: [~ + out + object]I can't make out his handwriting.[~ + object + out]I can't make it out.
to suggest or pretend (to be, or that something is the case): [~ + object + out + to + verb]He made me out to be a liar.[~ + out + that clause]He makes out that he is a successful businessman.
[no object] to manage; succeed:How are you making out in school?
Slang Terms[no object]to engage in kissing and caressing:making out in the back seat.
to remodel* fix, change, or alter: [~ + over + object]The carpenters made over the room as a gym.[~ + object + over]The beautician made her face over.
[~ + up + object; usually: not: be + ~-ing] to form; constitute:Immigrants make up a large part of our school's population.
to prepare by putting together; compile: [~ + up + object]Make up a list of what you'll need.[~ + object + up]Make a list up and send it to me.
to invent (a story or tale); concoct: [~ + up + object]She made up that whole story.[~ + object + up]She made that whole story up.
[~ + up + for + object] to repay; compensate:Perhaps $50 will make up for your trouble.
[~ + up + object; not: be ~-ing] to complete:The two couples made up a foursome at golf.
to put in order; arrange: [~ + up + object]She made up the bed.[~ + object + up]Make the bed up before you watch TV.
to settle; decide: [~ + up + object]Make up your mind.[~ + object + up]You'll have to make your mind up soon.
to (cause to) become friends again; to (cause to) be reconciled: [no object]finally made up after years of quarreling.[~ + up + object]They made up their argument.
to dress in costume and makeup: [~ + up + object]She made up the children and sent them onstage.[~ + object + up]She made herself up and dashed onstage.
Educationto provide enough so that (something ) is no longer lacking: [~ + up + object]The college will make up the difference between your loan and your tuition.[~ + object + up]In such cases the college will make it up.
to perform an appropriate or expected social courtesy.
Slang Terms[Older Use.]to bow or curtsy.
to write out or complete, as a bill or check.
to establish; prove.
to decipher; discern.
to imply, suggest, or impute:He made me out to be a liar.
to manage; succeed:How are you making out in your new job?
Slang Termsto engage in kissing and caressing; neck.
Slang Termsto have sexual intercourse.
Dialect Terms[Chiefly Pennsylvania German.]to turn off or extinguish (esp. a light or fire):Make the light out.
to remodel; alter:to make over a dress; to make over a page layout.
to transfer the title of (property); convey:After she retired she made over her property to her children and moved to Florida.
Nauticalto set sails.
Nauticalto brace the yards of a ship that has been hove to in order to make headway.
Dialect Termsmake shut,[Chiefly Pennsylvania German.]to close:Make the door shut.
Idiomsmake time. See time (def. 42).
(of parts) to constitute; compose; form.
to put together; construct; compile.
to concoct; invent.
Also, make up for.to compensate for; make good.
to put in order; arrange:The maid will make up the room.
to conclude; decide.
to settle amicably, as differences.
to become reconciled, as after a quarrel.
[Print.]to arrange set type, illustrations, etc., into columns or pages.
to dress in appropriate costume and apply cosmetics for a part on the stage.
to apply cosmetics.
to adjust or balance, as accounts; prepare, as statements.
Educationto repeat (a course or examination that one has failed).
Educationto take an examination that one had been unable to take when first given, usually because of absence.
to specify and indicate the layout or arrangement of (columns, pages, etc., of matter to be printed).
Dialect TermsAtlantic States. (of the weather or clouds) to develop or gather:It's making up for a storm.
Dialect TermsAtlantic States. (of the sea) to become turbulent:If the sea makes up, row toward land.
make up to:
Informal Termsto try to become friendly with; fawn on.
to make advances to; flirt with:He makes up to every new woman in the office.
Nautical(of a hull) to leak.
Slang Termsmake with:
to operate; use:Let's make with the feet.
to bring about; provide or produce:He makes with the big ideas, but can't follow through.
the style or manner in which something is made; form; build.
production with reference to the maker; brand:our own make.
disposition; character; nature.
the act or process of making.
quantity made; output.
Games[Cards.]the act of naming the trump, or the suit named as trump.
[Elect.]the closing of an electric circuit.
Jewelrythe excellence of a polished diamond with regard to proportion, symmetry, and finish.
Slang Termsidentifying information about a person or thing from police records:He radioed headquarters for a make on the car's license plate.
Informal Termson the make:
Idiomsseeking to improve one's social or financial position, usually at the expense of others or of principle.
Slang Termsseeking amorous or sexual relations:The park was swarming with sailors on the make.
Idioms, Slang Termsput the make on,[Slang.]to make sexual overtures to.
bef. 900; Middle English maken, Old English macian; cognate with Low German, Dutch maken, German machen
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged form; build; produce; fabricate, create, fashion, mold. Make,construct,manufacture mean to produce, to put into definite form, or to put parts together to make a whole. Make is the general term:Bees make wax.Construct, more formal, means to put parts together, usually according to a plan or design:to construct a building.Manufacture usually refers to producing something from material that requires conversion from one state or condition to another, now almost entirely by means of machinery in a relatively complex process:to manufacture automobiles by the assembly of different parts.The term is also often used contemptuously of unimaginative or hackneyed works of art with the implication that the work was produced mechanically, and is used abstractly with the idea of denying genuineness:to manufacture an excuse.
7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged transform, change, turn.
8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged force.
10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged get, gain, acquire, obtain, secure, procure.
13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged perform, execute.
18.See corresponding entry in Unabridged judge, gauge.
74.See corresponding entry in Unabridged shape, structure, construction, constitution.
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged destroy.
make2(māk),USA pronunciationn.[Brit. Dial.]
British Termsa peer or equal.
British Termsa spouse, mate, consort, or lover.
British Termsa friend; companion.
Middle English mak, make, Old English gemaca. See match2 bef. 1000