from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of one that makes.
  • n. The process of coming into being: trouble in the making.
  • n. The means of gaining success or realizing potential: That job will be the making of you.
  • n. Something made.
  • n. The quantity made at one time.
  • n. The abilities or qualities needed for development. Often used in the plural: She has the makings of a fine teacher.
  • n. The material or ingredients needed for making or doing something: all the makings for an apple pie.
  • n. Informal The paper and tobacco for rolling a cigarette.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Process of growth or development.
  • v. Present participle of make.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of one who makes; workmanship; fabrication; construction
  • n. Composition, or structure.
  • n. a poem.
  • n. That which establishes or places in a desirable state or condition; the material of which something may be made.
  • n. External appearance; from.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of forming, causing, or constituting; workmanship; construction.
  • n. What has been made, especially at one time: as, a making of bread.
  • n. Composition; structure; make.
  • n. Material from which anything may be made; anything capable of being developed into something more advanced.
  • n. Poetical composition; poetry.
  • n. Fortune; means or cause of success.
  • n. plural In coal-mining, the slack and dirt made in holing, kirving, or undercutting the coal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an attribute that must be met or complied with and that fits a person for something
  • n. (usually plural) the components needed for making or doing something
  • n. the act that results in something coming to be


make +‎ -ing (Wiktionary)



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