American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause to exist or happen; bring about; create: made problems for us; making a commotion.
- v. To bring into existence by shaping, modifying, or putting together material; construct: make a dress; made a stone wall.
- v. To form by assembling individuals or constituents: make a quorum.
- v. To change from one form or function to another: make clay into bricks.
- v. To cause to be or become: made her position clear; a decision that made him happy.
- v. To cause to assume a specified function or role: made her treasurer; made Austin his home.
- v. To cause to act in a specified manner: Heat makes gases expand.
- v. To compel: made him quit.
- v. To form in the mind: make an estimate.
- v. To compose: make verses.
- v. To prepare; fix: make dinner.
- v. To get ready or set in order for use: made the bed.
- v. To gather and light the materials for (a fire).
- v. To engage in: make war.
- v. To carry out; perform: make a phone call; make an incision.
- v. To achieve, produce, or attain: made peace between the two sides; not making sense; didn't make the quota.
- v. To institute or establish; enact: make laws.
- v. To draw up and execute in a suitable form: make a will.
- v. To arrange or agree to: make a date.
- v. To arrive at; reach: made Seattle in two hours.
- v. To reach in time: just made the plane.
- v. To attain the rank or position of: made lieutenant.
- v. To acquire a place in or on: made the baseball team; made the newspapers.
- v. To gain or earn, as by working: make money.
- v. To behave so as to acquire: make friends.
- v. To score or achieve, as in a sport: made a field goal.
- v. To assure the success of: Favorable reviews can make a play.
- v. To favor the development of: Practice makes a winning team.
- v. To be suited for: Oak makes strong furniture.
- v. To develop into: will make a fine doctor.
- v. To draw a conclusion as to the significance or nature of: don't know what to make of the decision.
- v. To calculate as being; estimate: I make the height 20 feet.
- v. To consider as being: wasn't the problem some people made it.
- v. To constitute: Ten members make a quorum.
- v. To add up to: Two and two make four.
- v. To amount to: makes no difference.
- v. To cover (a distance): made 200 miles before sunset
- v. To constitute the essence or nature of: Clothes make the man.
- v. To cause to be especially enjoyable or rewarding: You made my day.
- v. To appear to begin (an action): She made to leave.
- v. Slang To persuade to have sexual intercourse.
- v. To act or behave in a specified manner: make merry; make free.
- v. To begin or appear to begin an action: made as if to shake my hand.
- v. To cause something to be as specified: make ready; make sure.
- v. To proceed in a certain direction: made for home; made after the thief.
- v. Slang To pretend to be; imitate. Used with like: made like a ballerina.
- v. To undergo fabrication or manufacture: This wool makes up into a warm shawl.
- v. To rise or accumulate: The tide is making.
- n. The act or process of making; manufacturing.
- n. The style or manner in which a thing is made: disliked the make of my coat.
- n. The amount produced, especially the output of a factory.
- n. A specific line of manufactured goods, identified by the manufacturer's name or the registered trademark: a famous make of shirt.
- n. The physical or moral nature of a person; character or disposition: found out what make of man he was.
- n. Slang Identification of a person or thing, often from information in police records: Did you get a make on the thief?
- make for To have or produce (a particular effect or result): small details that make for comfort.
- make for To help promote; further: makes for better communication.
- make off To depart in haste; run away.
- make out To discern or see, especially with difficulty: I could barely make out the traffic signs through the rain.
- make out To understand: could not make out what she said.
- make out To write out; draw up: made out the invoices.
- make out To fill in (a form, for example).
- make out Informal To represent as being: made me out to be a liar.
- make out Informal To try to establish or prove: He made out that he was innocent.
- make out To get along in a given way; fare: made out well in business.
- make out To neck; pet.
- make out To have sexual intercourse.
- make over To redo; renovate.
- make over To change or transfer the ownership of, usually by means of a legal document: made over the property to her son.
- make up To put together; construct or compose: make up a prescription.
- make up To constitute; form: Ten years make up a decade.
- make up To alter one's appearance for a role on the stage, as with a costume and cosmetics.
- make up To apply cosmetics.
- make up To devise as a fiction or falsehood; invent: made up an excuse.
- make up To make good (a deficit or lack): made up the difference in the bill.
- make up To compensate for: make up for lost time.
- make up To resolve a quarrel: kissed and made up.
- make up To make ingratiating or fawning overtures. Used with to: made up to his friend's boss.
- make up To take (an examination or course) again or at a later time because of previous absence or failure.
- make up To set in order: make up a room.
- make up Printing To select and arrange material for: made up the front page.
- make with Slang To bring into use: a flirt making with the eyes.
- make with Slang To put forth; produce: always making with the jokes.
- idiom. make a clean breast of To confess fully.
- idiom. make a face To distort the features of the face; grimace.
- idiom. make a go of To achieve success in: have made a go of the business.
- idiom. make away with To carry off; steal.
- idiom. make away with To use up or consume.
- idiom. make away with To kill or destroy.
- idiom. make believe To pretend.
- idiom. make bold To venture: I will not make so bold as to criticize such a scholar.
- idiom. make book To accept bets on a race, game, or contest.
- idiom. make do To manage to get along with the means available: had to make do on less income.
- idiom. make ends meet To manage so that one's means are sufficient for one's needs.
- idiom. make eyes To ogle.
- idiom. make fun of To mock; ridicule.
- idiom. make good To carry out successfully: made good his escape.
- idiom. make good To fulfill: made good her promise.
- idiom. make good To make compensation for; make up for: made good the loss.
- idiom. make good To succeed: made good as a writer.
- idiom. make hay To turn to one's advantage: The candidate's opponents made hay of the scandal.
- idiom. make heads or tails of To understand: I couldn't make heads or tails of the report.
- idiom. make history To do something memorable or spectacular enough to influence the course of history: The first space flight made history.
- idiom. make it Informal To achieve a goal; be successful. finally made it as an actor.
- idiom. make it Slang To have sexual intercourse.
- idiom. make light of To treat as unimportant: He made light of his illness.
- idiom. make love To engage in amorous caressing.
- idiom. make love To engage in sexual intercourse.
- idiom. make much of To treat as of great importance.
- idiom. make no bones about To be forthright and candid about; acknowledge freely: They make no bones about their dislike for each other.
- idiom. make off with To snatch or steal: made off with the profits.
- idiom. make (one's) day To give one great pleasure.
- idiom. make (one's) peace with To bring oneself to accept; reconcile oneself to.
- idiom. make (one's) way To go forward; advance.
- idiom. make (one's) way To succeed, especially in making a living.
- idiom. make sail To begin a voyage.
- idiom. make sail To set sail.
- idiom. make sense To be coherent or intelligible: an explanation that made sense.
- idiom. make sense To be practical or advisable: It makes sense to go now.
- idiom. make something of To start a fight or quarrel over.
- idiom. make the grade To measure up to a given standard.
- idiom. make the most of To use to the greatest advantage.
- idiom. make the scene Slang To put in an appearance: made the scene at the party.
- idiom. make the scene Slang To participate in a specified activity: made the drug scene.
- idiom. make time To travel speedily.
- idiom. make time To travel at a specified rate: We made good time getting to town.
- idiom. make time Slang To make progress toward attracting someone: tried to make time with the new neighbor.
- idiom. make tracks Slang To move or leave in a hurry.
- idiom. make up (one's) mind To decide between alternatives; come to a definite decision or opinion.
- idiom. make waves Slang To cause a disturbance or controversy.
- idiom. make way To give room for passage; move aside.
- idiom. make way To make progress.
- idiom. on the make Slang Aggressively striving for financial or social improvement: a young executive on the make.
- idiom. on the make Slang Eagerly seeking a sexual partner.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give being to; bring into existence; cause to exist as a distinct thing or entity; create, in either a primary or a secondary sense; be the author of; produce: as, God made man in his own image; to make a book, or a will; to make laws or regulations; to make an estimate, a calculation, or a plan.
- To give form or character to; fashion; fabricate, construct, form, or compose. Make is used with of, out of, or from before the material used, with before the means used, by before the operative agency or method, and for or an infinitive before the purpose or destination.
- To fashion suitably; adapt in formation or constitution; design or intend in making: generally in the passive, followed by for or an infinitive with to.
- To convert or transform, as into something different; cause to receive a new form or condition: with into expressed or understood.
- To fashion by action or preparation: bring into condition or order; fit for use or service; arrange; prepare: as, to make hay or a crop; to make a garden; to make a feast.
- To form, constitute, or compose; be the basis, groundwork, material, or constituent parts of: as, milk makes both butter and cheese; rye flour makes dark-colored bread; he will make a good lawyer; two and two make four; citizens make the state.
- To form, produce, or constitute by causation or influence; be the cause or occasion of; give rise to; raise up: used in both a physical and a moral sense: as, a wet season makes bad harvests; to make an excavation or a vacuum; to make a rent in a garment; to make a good impression; to make trouble; to make friends or enemies; to make a mountain out of a molehill; to make merchandise of one's principles.
- To cause, induce, constrain, or compel: followed by an infinitive, usually without the sign to: as, to make a horse go; to make a person forget his misfortunes; to make anything seem better or worse than it is.
- To cause to be, become, or appear: put iuto the state or condition of being; afford occasion, opportunity, or means of being or seeming: as, to make one's wants known; to make a person glad or sorry; oppression made them rebels; to make a law of no effect.
- To cause to be in the condition of; constitute or appoint; invest with the rank, power, or attributes of.
- To cause to be perceived; bring into view or apprehension; manifest by demonstration or representation: as, to make a show of devotion; to make a feint of attacking.
- Used absolutely, to bring into the desired condition; render independent; set up; establish the fortune, independence, fame, or standing of.
- To bring about or to pass; be the agent in doing, performing, or effecting; accomplish, consummate, or achieve by effort or agency; effect: as, to make peace; the waves made havoc on the coast; he made the distance in one hour; the earth makes yearly revolutions round the sun; the ship made ten knots an hour; to make a hearty meal; to make a landing, a survey, or a visit. Make is used periphrastically, with an object (with or without a possessive or an adjective preceding or a prepositional adjunct following), in a great variety of analogous applications, where the action may be expressed by a verb corresponding to the object: as, to
makehaste, choice, complaint, provision, delivery, mention, etc.; to make an appearance, one's escape, a halt, a pretense, etc.; equivalent to hasten, choose, complain, provide, deliver, mention, appear, escape, halt, pretend, etc.
- To bring or draw in or into possession; acquire or attain; gain, get, or obtain: as, to make money or profit; to make so many points in a game; to make a fortune or a reputation; in a negative sense, to make a loss.
- n. dialectal Mate; a spouse or companion.
- v. intransitive To behave, to act.
- v. transitive To create, construct, or produce.
- v. transitive, linguistics To form (e.g. a word out of morphemes, or a sentence out of words).
- v. To constitute.
- v. intransitive, typically interrogative To interpret.
- v. transitive, usually stressed To bring into success.
- v. transitive To cause to be.
- v. transitive, second object is a verb To cause to do.
- v. transitive, second object is a verb, can be stressed for emphasis or clarity To force to do.
- v. transitive, of a fact To indicate or suggest to be.
- v. transitive To cover neatly with bedclothes.
- v. transitive, US slang To recognise, identify.
- v. transitive, colloquial To arrive at a destination, usually at or by a certain time.
- v. intransitive, colloquial To proceed (in a direction).
- v. transitive, slang To induct into the Mafia or a similar organization (as a made man).
- v. intransitive, colloquial, euphemistic To defecate or urinate.
- v. transitive To earn, to gain (compensation, reward, membership, or status).
- v. transitive To pay, to cover (an expense); chiefly used after expressions of inability.
- n. often of a car Brand or kind; often paired with model. syn. transl.
- n. How a thing is made; construction. syn.
- n. Origin of a manufactured article; manufacture. syn.
- n. uncountable Quantity produced, especially of materials. syn.
- n. dated The act or process of making something, especially in industrial manufacturing. syn.
- n. A person's character or disposition. syn.
- n. bridge The declaration of the trump for a hand.
- n. physics The closing of an electrical circuit. syn.
- n. computing A software utility for automatically building large applications, or an implementation of this utility.
- n. slang Recognition or identification, especially from police records or evidence. syn.
- n. slang, usually in phrase "easy make" Past or future target of seduction (usually female). syn.
- n. slang, military A promotion.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A companion; a mate; often, a husband or a wife.
- v. To cause to exist; to bring into being; to form; to produce; to frame; to fashion; to create.
- v. To form of materials; to cause to exist in a certain form; to construct; to fabricate.
- v. To produce, as something artificial, unnatural, or false; -- often with
- v. To bring about; to bring forward; to be the cause or agent of; to effect, do, perform, or execute; -- often used with a noun to form a phrase equivalent to the simple verb that corresponds to such noun; as, to
makecomplaint, for to complain; to makerecord of, for to record; to makeabode, for to abide, etc.
- v. To execute with the requisite formalities; as, to
makea bill, note, will, deed, etc.
- v. To gain, as the result of one's efforts; to get, as profit; to make acquisition of; to have accrue or happen to one.
- v. To find, as the result of calculation or computation; to ascertain by enumeration; to find the number or amount of, by reckoning, weighing, measurement, and the like; as, he
madethe distance of; to travel over.
- v. To put in a desired or desirable condition; to cause to thrive.
- v. To cause to be or become; to put into a given state verb, or adjective; to constitute
- v. To cause to appear to be; to constitute subjectively; to esteem, suppose, or represent.
- v. To require; to constrain; to compel; to force; to cause; to occasion; -- followed by a noun or pronoun and infinitive.
- v. To become; to be, or to be capable of being, changed or fashioned into; to do the part or office of; to furnish the material for
- v. To compose, as parts, ingredients, or materials; to constitute; to form; to amount to.
- v. obsolete To be engaged or concerned in.
- v. To reach; to attain; to arrive at or in sight of.
- v. obsolete To act in a certain manner; to have to do; to manage; to interfere; to be active; -- often in the phrase
to meddle or make.
- v. To proceed; to tend; to move; to go
- v. To tend; to contribute; to have effect; -- with
- v. To increase; to augment; to accrue.
- v. Archaic To compose verses; to write poetry; to versify.
- n. Structure, texture, constitution of parts; construction; shape; form.
- From Middle English maken, from Old English macian ("to make, build, work"), from Proto-Germanic *makōnan (“to make, build, work”), from Proto-Indo-European *mag- (“to knead, mix, make”). Cognate with Scots mak ("to make"), Saterland Frisian moakje ("to make"), West Frisian maaikjen ("to make") and oanmeitsje ("to act, make"), Dutch maken ("to make"), Dutch Low Saxon maken ("to make") and German Low German maken ("to make"), and German machen ("to make, do"). Related to match. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English maken, from Old English macian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“It was as if a little mechanical toy should be contrived to make the motion of striking, and brilliantly _make_ it.”
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“We ask you, then, to remember that our growth -- and your opportunities -- depend not only upon the friends we make, but _the enemies we do not make_.”
“NOTE. — _fy_, meaning to make, is found as a suffix in derivatives too numerous to mention; as, purify (to _make pure_), rarefy (to _make rare_), classify (to _make_ or put into a _class_), etc.”
“Above all, make friends; that's it, _make friends_ -- everybody, everywhere.”
“I'll just make un -- I'll just _make_ un," said her father.”
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