- 1 [mass noun] The process of making or producing something: the making of videos [in combination]: decision-makingMore example sentences
- For example, we developed every major innovation in the iron and steel making process.
- Moreover, actual decision making was more complex than simply one drug and its attendant cluster of factors.
- Should children not be involved in the actual making of those films?
- 2 (makings) The essential qualities needed for something: she had the makings of a great teacherMore example sentences
- Essentially, we now have the makings of a scrap over Britain's life companies that was predicted by this paper at the turn of the year.
- Put all these volatile elements together and we certainly have the makings of a heady, and potentially somewhat unstable, mixture for investment opportunities.
- The Penguins had all the makings of a Cup contender: a lethal offense, good goaltending, and good coaching.
- 2.1 (makings) North American & Australian /NZ • informal Paper and tobacco for rolling a cigarette: he reached for his tobacco tin and makingsMore example sentences
- Deputy French took a small white bag of tobacco from his shirt pocket, shaking the makings into a waiting cigarette paper, he began to roll it round.
be the making of someone
- Ensure someone’s success or favourable development: this place has been the making of me in many waysMore example sentences
- Ironically, Stuart's 14 years in jail were the making of him.
- A lot of needling went on just about constantly, but it was the making of you in a strange way.
- Recovering from this breakdown was the making of him, he says now.
in the making
- In the process of developing or being made: a campaign that’s been two years in the makingMore example sentences
- But most of the cases have been a long time in the making and are still struggling to reach resolution.
- Six years in the making and England have a cricket team to be proud of.
- A replica traction engine more than a decade in the making by a father and son team is almost complete.
of one's (own) making
- (Of a difficulty) caused by oneself: he faces a dilemma substantially of his own makingMore example sentences
- It was those ‘who decided not to accept that offer’ who are now faced with difficulties of their own making, he said.
- The respondent submits that the applicant's difficulties are of his own making.
- However, we have tried to turn a difficult situation not of our making into an opportunity.