Definition of making in English:


Line breaks: mak¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈmeɪkɪŋ


1 [mass noun] The process of making or producing something: the making of videos [in combination]: decision-making
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  • 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 teacher
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  • 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.
qualities, characteristics, ingredients, potential, promise, capacity, capability;
essentials, essence, beginnings, rudiments, basics, materials, stuff
2.1 (makings) North American & Australian /NZ informal Paper and tobacco for rolling a cigarette: he reached for his tobacco tin and makings
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  • 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.
3 (makings) informal , dated Earnings or profit.


be the making of someone

Ensure someone’s success or favourable development: this place has been the making of me in many ways
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  • 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 making
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  • 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.
budding, burgeoning, coming, emergent, growing, developing, nascent, potential, promising, up and coming, incipient

of one's (own) making

(Of a difficulty) caused by oneself: he faces a dilemma substantially of his own making
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  • 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.

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