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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
make1 /meɪk/USA pronunciation
v., made/meɪd/USA pronunciationmak•ing,n.
to bring into existence by combining material;
produce: [~ + object]to make a dress.[~ + object + object]I'll make the kids some breakfast.
[~ + object] to cause to exist or happen; produce: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.
[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object] to become;
develop into:Someday you'll make a good lawyer.
[not: be + ~-ing;
~ + object] to be adequate or suitable for:This table will make a good lectern.
[~ + object + object] to appoint; name:made her chairwoman.
[~ + object + root form of verb] to force or cause (someone to do something);
compel:The pain made her cry out.
[~ + object] to put in the proper condition or state; prepare:to make a bed.
[~ + object] to earn for oneself:to make a good salary.
[~ + object] to write; compose:to make a will.
[~ + object] to agree upon;
arrange:to make a deal.
[~ + object] to establish; enact:to make laws.
[~ + object] to form in the mind:to make a decision.
[~ + object + at + object] to estimate; figure:I make the value at $1,000.
[~ + object] to put together;
form:to make a matched set.
[~ + object; not: be + ~-ing] to amount to;
total:Two plus two makes four.
[~ + object;
not: be + ~-ing] to provide:That book makes good reading.
[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object] to be enough so as to become:One story does not make a writer.
[~ + object;
not: be + ~-ing] to assure the success or fame of:Her last book really made her reputation as a scholar.
[~ + object] to reach; attain:made admiral just before he retired from the Navy.
[~ + object] to arrive in time for;
catch:I just made the plane.
Informal Terms[~ + object] to attain a position in or on:The novel made the bestseller list.
[~ + object] to receive notice in or on:The murder made the evening news.
Slang Terms[~ + object][Slang.]to have sexual intercourse with.
[~ + object] to score: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.
the style in which something is made; form.
brand:a foreign make of car.
- 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.
mak•er, n. [countable]
- 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.
- to arrive on time:I just made it to that meeting!
- 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:
- in pursuit of gain:a young executive on the make.
- [Slang.]in search of sexual activity:He was constantly on the make at singles bars.
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