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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
make1 /meɪk/USA pronunciation
v., made/meɪd/USA pronunciation mak•ing, n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- 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][Slang.]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.
make of, [~ + of + object]
- [not: be + ~-ing] to bring about or keep going:A calm manner in a police officer makes for fewer arguments.
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 judge the truth or nature of:What do you make of that remark?
- 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?
- [no object][Slang.]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.
- to 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.
- the style in which something is made; form.
- brand:a foreign make of car.
- Idioms, Informal Termsmake as if or as though, [~ + clause][Informal.]pretend:He made as if nothing bothered him.
- Idiomsmake believe, imagine: [no object]Kids like to make believe.[~ + ( that ) clause]She made believe (that) he had won the lottery.
- Idiomsmake do, [no object] to manage with whatever is available:If those are the only tools we have, we'll just have to make do with them.
- [no object] to succeed:These graduates will make good.
- [~ + on + object] to compensate for:Will he make good on the purchases?
- Also,make good on. [~ + object] to fulfill, as a promise:Is he someone who will make good on his promises?
- to achieve success:He really seems to have made it: big house, good job, beautiful family.
Idiomsmake light of, [~ + object] to treat as unimportant or insignificant.
Idiomsmake like, [~ + object][Informal.]to pretend to be or to be like:Stop making like a clown!
make love, to have sexual relations (with): [no object]How often couples make love is their own business.[~ + to + object]He wanted to make love to her right then and there.
Idiomsmake much of, [~ + object] to treat as important:The press tried to make much of his past.
Idiomsmake short work of, [~ + object] to finish or dispose of quickly:You made short work of that apple pie.
on the make:
- to arrive on time:I just made it to that meeting!
- in pursuit of gain:a young executive on the make.
mak•er, n. [countable]
- [Slang.]in search of sexual activity:He was constantly on the make at singles bars.
(māk), v., made, mak•ing, n.
- to bring into existence by shaping or changing material, combining parts, etc.:to make a dress; to make a channel;
to make a work of art.
- to produce;
cause to exist or happen;
bring about:to make trouble; to make war.
- to cause to be or become;
render:to make someone happy.
- to appoint or name:The President made her his special envoy.
- to put in the proper condition or state, as for use; fix;
prepare:to make a bed;
to make dinner.
- to bring into a certain form:to make bricks out of clay.
- to convert from one state, condition, category, etc., to another:to make a virtue of one's vices.
- to cause, induce, or compel:to make a horse jump a barrier.
- to give rise to; occasion:It's not worth making a fuss over such a trifle.
- to produce, earn, or win for oneself:to make a good salary; to make one's fortune in oil.
- to write or compose:to make a short poem for the occasion.
- to draw up, as a legal document; draft:to make a will.
- to do;
effect:to make a bargain.
- to establish or enact; put into existence:to make laws.
- to become by development;
prove to be:You'll make a good lawyer.
- to form in the mind, as a judgment or estimate:to make a decision.
- to judge or interpret, as to the truth, nature, meaning, etc. (often fol. by of ):What do you make of it?
- to estimate; reckon:to make the distance at ten miles.
- to bring together separate parts so as to produce a whole;
form:to make a matched set.
- to amount to; bring up the total to:Two plus two makes four. That makes an even dozen.
- to serve as:to make good reading.
- to be sufficient to constitute:One story does not make a writer.
- to be adequate or suitable for:This wool will make a warm sweater.
- to assure the success or fortune of:a deal that could make or break him; Seeing her made my day.
- to deliver, utter, or put forth:to make a stirring speech.
- to go or travel at a particular speed:to make 60 miles an hour.
- to arrive at or reach; attain:The ship made port on Friday. Do you think he'll make 80?
- to arrive in time for:to make the first show.
- to arrive in time to be a passenger on (a plane, boat, bus, train, etc.):If you hurry, you can make the next flight.
- Informal Terms[Informal.]to gain or acquire a position within:He made the big time.
- to receive mention or appear in or on:The robbery made the front page.
- to gain recognition or honor by winning a place or being chosen for inclusion in or on:The novel made the bestseller list. He made the all-American team three years in a row.
- Slang Terms[Slang.]to have sexual intercourse with.
- to take a trick with (a card).
- [Bridge.]to fulfill or achieve (a contract or bid).
to earn, as a score:The team made 40 points in the first half.
[Slang.](esp. in police and underworld use)
- to recognize or identify:Any cop in town will make you as soon as you walk down the street.
Electricityto close (an electric circuit).
Dialect Terms[South Midland and Southern U.S.]to plant and cultivate or produce (a crop):He makes some of the best corn in the country.
- to charge or cause to be charged with a crime:The police expect to make a couple of suspects soon.
- to cause oneself, or something understood, to be as specified:to make sure.
- to show oneself to be or seem in action or behavior (usually fol. by an adjective):to make merry.
- to be made, as specified:This fabric makes up into beautiful drapes.
- to move or proceed in a particular direction:They made after the thief.
- Nauticalto rise, as the tide or water in a ship.
- Dialect Terms[South Midland and Southern U.S.](of a crop) to grow, develop, or mature:It looks like the corn's going to make pretty good this year.
- Idiomsmake a play for, to try to get:He made a play for his brother's girlfriend. They made a play for control of the company's stock.
- Idioms, Informal Termsmake as if or as though, [Informal.]to act as if; pretend:We will make as if to leave, then come back and surprise him.
make away with:
- to steal:The clerk made away with the cash and checks.
- to destroy; kill:He made away with his enemies.
Idiomsmake believe, to pretend; imagine:The little girl dressed in a sheet and made believe she was a ghost.
Idiomsmake bold or so bold, to have the temerity;
- to consume, drink, or eat completely:The boys made away with the contents of the refrigerator.
be so rash;
dare:May I make so bold as to suggest that you stand when they enter?
make book, [Slang.]
- to take bets and give odds.
Nauticalmake colors, [Naut.]to hoist an ensign, as on board a warship.
Idiomsmake do, to function, manage, or operate, usually on a deprivation level with minimal requirements:During the war we had no butter or coffee, so we had to make do without them.
Dialect Termsmake down, [Chiefly Pennsylvania German.]to rain or snow:It's making down hard.
Naval Termsmake fast, [Chiefly Naut.]to fasten or secure.
- to make a business of this.
- to go toward; approach:to make for home.
- to help to promote or maintain:This incident will not make for better understanding between the warring factions.
- to provide restitution or reparation for:The bank teller made good the shortage and was given a light sentence.
- to succeed:Talent and training are necessary to make good in some fields.
- to fulfill:He made good on his promise.
make heavy weather:
- [Navig.]to compute (a course) allowing for leeway and compass deviation.
- [Naut.]to roll and pitch in heavy seas.
- to progress laboriously; struggle, esp. to struggle needlessly:I am making heavy weather with my income tax return.
- [Informal.]to achieve a specific goal:to make it to the train; to make it through college.
- [Informal.]to succeed in general:He'll never make it in business.
Nauticalmake it so, [Naut.]strike the ship's bell accordingly: said by the officer of the watch when the hour is announced.
Idioms, Informal Termsmake like, [Informal.]to try or pretend to be like; imitate:I'm going to go out and make like a gardener.
- [Slang.]to have sexual intercourse.
- to run away;
depart hastily:The only witness to the accident made off before the police arrived.
make off with, to carry away; steal:While the family was away, thieves made off with most of their valuables.
Dialect Termsmake on, [Chiefly Pennsylvania German.]to turn on, light, or ignite (esp. a light or fire):Make the light on.
make one's manners, [Southern U.S.]
- [Naut.]to stand off from a coast, esp. a lee shore.
- to perform an appropriate or expected social courtesy.
- [Older Use.]to bow or curtsy.
- to write out or complete, as a bill or check.
- 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.]to engage in kissing and caressing; neck.
- [Slang.]to have sexual intercourse.
- [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.
make sail, [Naut.]
- to transfer the title of (property);
convey:After she retired she made over her property to her children and moved to Florida.
Dialect Termsmake shut, [Chiefly Pennsylvania German.]to close:Make the door shut.
Idiomsmake time. See time (def. 42).
- to brace the yards of a ship that has been hove to in order to make headway.
- (of parts) to constitute; compose;
- to put together;
- Also,make up for. to compensate for;
- to put in order;
arrange:The maid will make up the room.
- 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 adjust or balance, as accounts;
prepare, as statements.
- [Educ.]to repeat (a course or examination that one has failed).
- [Educ.]to 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).
- Atlantic States. (of the weather or clouds) to develop or gather:It's making up for a storm.
make up to:
- Atlantic States. (of the sea) to become turbulent:If the sea makes up, row toward land.
- [Informal.]to try to become friendly with; fawn on.
- to make advances to;
flirt with:He makes up to every new woman in the office.
make with, [Slang.]
- [Naut.](of a hull) to leak.
- 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;
- production with reference to the maker;
brand:our own make.
- disposition; character;
- the act or process of making.
- quantity made;
- Games[Cards.]the act of naming the trump, or the suit named as trump.
- [Elect.]the closing of an electric circuit.
- Jewelry[Jewelry.]the excellence of a polished diamond with regard to proportion, symmetry, and finish.
- Slang Terms[Slang.]identifying information about a person or thing from police records:He radioed headquarters for a make on the car's license plate.
on the make, [Informal.]
- seeking to improve one's social or financial position, usually at the expense of others or of principle.
Idioms, Slang Termsput the make on, [Slang.]to make sexual overtures to.
- [Slang.]seeking amorous or sexual relations:The park was swarming with sailors on the make.
Etymology:bef. 900; Middle English maken, Old English macian;
1 . form;
cognate with Low German, Dutch maken, German machen
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 . transform, change, turn. 8 . force. 10 . get, gain, acquire, obtain, secure, procure. 13 . perform, execute. 18 . judge, gauge. 74 in Unabridged dictionary . shape, structure, construction, constitution.
1 . destroy.
(māk), n. [Brit. Dial.]
- British Termsa peer or equal.
- British Termsa spouse, mate, consort, or lover.
- British Termsa friend;
- Middle English mak, make, Old English gemaca. See match2 bef. 1000
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
make /meɪk/ vb (makes, making, made)(mainly tr)
- to bring into being by shaping, changing, or combining materials, ideas, etc; form or fashion; create
- to draw up, establish, or form: to make a decision, make one's will
- to cause to exist, bring about, or produce: don't make a noise
- to cause, compel, or induce: please make him go away
- to appoint or assign, as to a rank or position: they made him chairman
- to constitute: one swallow doesn't make a summer
- (also intr) to come or cause to come into a specified state or condition: to make merry, make someone happy
- (copula) to be or become through development: he will make a good teacher
- to cause or ensure the success of: your news has made my day
- to amount to: twelve inches make a foot
- to serve as or be suitable for: that piece of cloth will make a coat
- to prepare or put into a fit condition for use: to make a bed
- to be the essential element in or part of: charm makes a good salesman
- to carry out, effect, or do
- (intr; followed by to, as if to, or as though to) to act with the intention or with a show of doing something: they made to go out, he made as if to hit her
- to use for a specified purpose: I will make this town my base
- to deliver or pronounce: to make a speech
- to cause to seem or represent as being
- to earn, acquire, or win for oneself: to make friends, make a fortune
- to engage in: make love not war
- to traverse or cover (distance) by travelling: we can make a hundred miles by nightfall
- to arrive in time for: he didn't make the first act of the play
- to win a trick with (a specified card)
- to shuffle (the cards)
- to fulfil (a contract) by winning the necessary number of tricks
- to score (runs)
- to close (a circuit) permitting a flow of current
- (intransitive) to increase in depth: the water in the hold was making a foot a minute
- informal to gain a place or position on or in: to make the headlines, make the first team
- informal to achieve the rank of
- slang to seduce
- make a book ⇒ to take bets on a race or other contest
- make a day of it ⇒ to cause an activity to last a day
- make a night of it ⇒ to cause an activity to last a night
- make do ⇒
- make eyes at ⇒ to flirt with or ogle
- make it ⇒ informal to be successful in doing something
- (followed by with) slang to have sexual intercourse
- make like ⇒ slang chiefly US Canadian to imitate
See also make forEtymology: Old English macian; related to Old Frisian makia to construct, Dutch maken, German machen to makeˈmakable adj
- brand, type, or style
- the manner or way in which something is made
- disposition or character; make-up
- the act or process of making
- the amount or number made
- a player's turn to shuffle
- on the make ⇒ informal out for profit or conquest
- slang in search of a sexual partner