Definition of make in English:

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Pronunciation: /māk/

verb (pastand past participle made /mād/)

[with object]
1Form (something) by putting parts together or combining substances; construct; create: my grandmother made a dress for me the body is made from four pieces of maple baseball bats are made of ash
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  • His famous vacuum cleaner is made from clear plastic, allowing the owner to see all of the working parts.
  • He was making something out of a piece of scrap wood.
  • The remaining aircraft will be brought back into service as new hubs are made.
construct, build, assemble, put together, manufacture, produce, fabricate, create, form, fashion, model
1.1 (make something into) Alter something so that it forms or constitutes (something else): buffalo’s milk can be made into cheese
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  • He admits that the theatre production has precipitated a renewed interest in making the complex story into a film.
  • All the raw materials go to the liver and the liver makes use of those and makes them into proteins.
  • We would like the public to see how the milk is produced, what different things it can be made into.
1.2Compose, prepare, or draw up (something written or abstract): she made her will
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  • Congress, under the Constitution, is the body that makes laws and regulations governing the armed forces.
  • She had to pose for photographs and drawings were made from the pictures.
  • The chosen man was instructed to make a will and briefed on how he would die.
formulate, frame, draw up, devise, make out, prepare, compile, compose, put together;
draft, write, pen
1.3Prepare (a dish, drink, or meal) for consumption: she was making lunch for Lucy and Francis [with two objects]: I’ll make us both a cup of tea
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  • We set up our trusty camp-cooker in the empty kitchen and made coffee which we drank outside.
  • He got fruit ready for my lunch and made my breakfast.
  • I find the flesh of the sweet potato makes a lovely smooth gnocchi so I often make this dish for supper.
prepare, get ready, put together, concoct, cook, dish up, throw together, whip up, brew
informal fix
1.4Arrange bedclothes tidily on (a bed) ready for use.
Example sentences
  • She made the bed over again, turning the sheets and pillowcases inside out and fluffing the pillows.
  • According the comments, I don't know how to make a bed properly.
  • She used to have to make 18 beds every morning.
1.5Arrange and light materials for (a fire).
Example sentences
  • Dad used to make a big deal about getting the fireworks, while Chris and I made a bonfire.
  • Some years ago I met up with an estate agent who loved making fires.
  • They left the car by the side of the road, and ventured a bit into the forest, where they made a fire.
1.6 Electronics Complete or close (a circuit).
Example sentences
  • We connect components together with wires or copper tracks to make circuits, but it's the components that do all the work.
2Cause (something) to exist or come about; bring about: the drips had made a pool on the floor
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  • Brian went to hand the comic back but then brought his other hand up and made a small tear on the front cover.
  • He kicked a car once and made a dent.
  • If you've only got a few leaves then you can sling them in a bin bag, make a few air holes in it, tie up the top and leave it for a year or so.
2.1 [with object and complementor infinitive] Cause to become or seem: decorative features make brickwork more interesting the best way to disarm your critics is to make them laugh
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  • One of the steps in making my flat ready for sale is the redecoration of the entire place.
  • The strong cast is what makes this sometimes mediocre material work as well as it does.
  • This is not the kind of speech to make a deeply unpopular leader any more popular.
2.2Carry out, perform, or produce (a specified action, movement, or sound): Unger made a speech of forty minutes anyone can make a mistake we made a deal
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  • A spokesman said the changes had been made after the company had taken on board comments at a public meeting about the original proposals.
  • Officers made one arrest and a dog-handling unit was brought in to assist the hunt for others.
  • Paul makes a long boring speech, telling everyone to side with commercial development.
cause, create, give rise to, produce, bring about, generate, engender, occasion, effect, set up, establish, institute, found, develop, originate
literary beget
perform, execute, give, do, accomplish, achieve, bring off, carry out, effect
perpetrate, commit, be responsible for, be guilty of, be to blame for
2.3Communicate or express (an idea, request, or requirement): I tend to make heavy demands on people [with two objects]: make him an offer he can’t refuse
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  • Two senators have complained that you made derogatory remarks about them, and they're asking that you tone it down.
  • If the parties are unable to agree on costs, written submissions may be made to me.
  • How kind of you to take the trouble to write and make such a tempting invite.
2.4chiefly archaic Enter into a contract of (marriage): a marriage made in heaven
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  • For this is a marriage made in heaven which will surely end in an ugly, emotional divorce.
  • We want our marriage to be recognised as a marriage - just like any other marriage made in Canada.
  • If body language was anything to go by, this was indeed a marriage made in heaven.
2.5 [with object and complement] Appoint or designate (someone) to a position: he was made a colonel in the Mexican army
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  • He became a prominent supporter of Abraham Lincoln, was made a general in the Civil War, and later became a US senator.
  • Henry II appointed him chancellor and made him his intimate friend and companion.
  • King George V made her a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1925.
appoint, designate, name, nominate, select, elect, vote in, install;
induct, institute, invest, ordain
2.6 [with object and complement] Represent or cause to appear in a specified way: the sale price and extended warranty make it an excellent value
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  • You have to call it that now so you can identify with it, but it's just old ideas made new again.
  • We come through thinking that going out drinking makes you a big man.
  • Shut up, buddy: alcohol makes everything better, even pop punk.
2.7Cause or ensure the success or advancement of: the work which really made Wordsworth’s reputation
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  • You have time still, but you have become old enough for reputations to be made.
  • A hearty soup with lots of vegetables, some rice or pasta and a little protein can make a meal.
  • But it wasn't the flashy rookies who made the show - it was the wily veterans.
3 [with object and infinitive] Compel (someone) to do something: she bought me a brandy and made me drink it
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  • When a certain group tried to make us give into pressure, they were chased away by the ones in power.
  • He directed me to get out of the car and made me walk a straight line.
  • His mother Jacqueline resorted to emotional blackmail to try to make him stop.
force, compel, coerce, press, drive, pressure, oblige, require;
have someone do something, prevail on, dragoon, bludgeon, strong-arm, impel, constrain
informal railroad
4Constitute; amount to: they made an unusual duo
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  • This makes the third time I have started this letter and always something comes up to interfere with its writing.
  • Rachael and Stephanie make a mean sisterly duo on the hill rally circuit.
  • We made a pretty good team.
4.1Serve as or become through development or adaptation: this fern makes a good houseplant
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  • In fact, as the months go by I have begun to see that Hilary would make a far finer wife than the errant Stella.
  • As a former forward I've my own ideas about what makes a great forward.
  • With her long features and battered trilby, she also makes a plausibly boyish Ganymede.
4.2Consider to be; estimate as: How many are there? I make it sixteen
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  • What time do you make it?
  • I make it - what? A hundred fifty yards to the bend?
  • We are currently at 13,000, excuse me, make that 14,200 feet above sea level, looking out over a sea of clouds.
4.3Agree or decide on (a specified arrangement), typically one concerning a time or place: let’s make it 7:30
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  • Please check with Fred Hulmes before making any other arrangements to avoid disappointment.
  • Let's make it a night for ourselves.
  • Before we headed toward our trains, we made a lunch date.
reach, come to, settle on, determine on, conclude
5Gain or earn (money or profit): he’d made a lot of money out of hardware
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  • Being an artist is a way to get my songs out there, but labels are looking to make money and a profit.
  • Edwards has made a fortune as a lawyer.
  • He makes millions of dollars a year!
acquire, obtain, gain, get, realize, secure, win, earn;
gross, net, clear;
bring in, take (in), rake in
6Arrive at (a place) within a specified time or in time for (a train or other transport): we’ve got a lot to do if you’re going to make the shuttle they didn’t always make it on time
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  • The only way we could make it on time was to start driving on Thanksgiving Day and keep going way into the night.
  • Seems he and Abi had a gig and it was such short notice that his band couldn't make it.
  • If I can get to Hammersmith by twenty to one in the morning I can make the very last train into Richmond.
catch, get, arrive/be in time for, arrive at, reach;
get to
6.1 (make it) Succeed in something; become successful: he waited confidently for his band to make it
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  • Before we made it, he drove a fruit and veg van and then would drive us to all our gigs.
  • She said Davis made it because of her singing - not a crazy costume or attention-getting gimmick.
  • He's confident he's made it as an actor, because a club devoted to hating him has sprung up at his cousin's school.
succeed, be a success, distinguish oneself, get ahead, make good
informal make the grade, arrive
6.2Achieve a place in: these dogs seldom make the news they made it to the semifinals
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  • He has his sights set even higher than that with the dream of making the World Games to be held in China in 2007.
  • He registered at Florida Southern College but did not make the team.
  • All of them are men, and we look forward to the day when an Indian woman makes it to the list!
gain a place in, get into, gain access to, enter;
achieve, attain
6.3Achieve the rank of: he wasn’t going to make captain
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  • He made colonel in less than 15 years, as a nonrated maintenance officer.
  • He was commissioned in 1944 and made flight lieutenant two years later.
7 [no object] Go or prepare to go in a particular direction: he struggled to his feet and made toward the car
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  • I made towards the most colourful hut, which was obviously a bar though I couldn't see a name on it.
  • Stepping down from the spire he made towards the door, when suddenly he heard voices from below.
  • He made towards the window and sat down in the chair closest to it, panting.
7.1 [with infinitive] Act as if one is about to perform an action: she made as if to leave the room
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  • Chris made to move through the doorway, when he glanced up and looked straight at Sarah.
  • ‘Come on,’ I said, making as though to stand up.
  • He looks at her helplessly, then makes as if to say something.
8North American informal Induce (someone) to have sexual intercourse with one: he had been trying to make Cynthia for two years now his alleged quest to make it with the world’s most attractive women
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  • He never tried to make her, never laid a hand on her.
  • He drove a Ferrari, he had long hair, and rumour had it he had even made it with a girl!
  • Is it possible that this is just a guy on the make, doing everything he can, just to make it with a woman?
9(In bridge, whist, and similar games) win (a trick).
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  • On the other hand, if a declarer makes no tricks, it is a match against her.
  • As an added complication, no sequence can be counted until its holder has actually made a trick.
  • If a defender made one or more tricks, he subtracts one point for each trick.
9.1Win a trick with (a card).
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  • Although on table 1 our North-South pair defeated West's 5 diamonds, on table 2 with the same cards our East-West pair allowed North to play and make 4 hearts.
9.2Win the number of tricks that fulfills (a contract).
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  • The players in the team that won the bidding score only those cards in those tricks that make the contract.
  • After a contract on the bid is made, the declarer decides whether to set the rank for that hand high or low.
9.3Shuffle (a pack of cards) for dealing.
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  • Peter made the cards and handed them to Stern to deal.
10 [no object] (Of the tide) begin to flow or ebb.
Example sentences
  • It's an ugly place to be caught on a lee shore with a westerly gale and the tide making.


1The manufacturer or trade name of a particular product: the make, model, and year of his car
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  • There are many different makes and models of reel, which can be used for this type of zander fishing.
  • Yet it was really the Morris Minor of 1928 that established the make in the public eye.
  • To be a pilot you need to know aerodynamics and a bit about the engines but you don't need to know the make of the fuel pump.
brand, marque, label
1.1The structure or composition of something.
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  • Even from a distance I could see it was of fine make, for the hilt glittered with silver as he held it up.
2The making of electrical contact.



be made of money

[often with negative] informal Be very rich.
Example sentences
  • At a school where almost everyone was made of money, buying lots of chocolate was something that was high on our list of things to buy that wasn't going to put us out of pocket.
  • However, not everyone is made of money, and for them value will become a much bigger issue.
  • He thought city people were made of money, and for a time obliged them to pay a dollar for a loaf of bread.

have (got) it made

informal Be in a position where success is certain: because your dad’s a manager, he’s got it made
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  • Nothing can be more repellent to me than the self-satisfied smile of someone who thinks he has got it made.
  • At first glance, Clarkson would seem to have it made.
  • Honestly, I think that little kids have it made.

make a day (or night) of it

Devote a whole day (or night) to an activity, especially an enjoyable one.
Example sentences
  • He then suggested some sort of an ‘activity’ to make a day of it, like dinner and a movie.
  • It's ideal for a one-off treatment or for making a day of it, with a full range of state-of-the-art pampering packages on offer.
  • She said: ‘It is not often that I make a night of it in Glasgow but this is a special occasion.’

make someone's day

Make an otherwise ordinary or dull day pleasingly memorable for someone.
Example sentences
  • Kerry was delighted with her gifts from the Rotarians and thanked all of them for making her day.
  • It's gratifying when you find something for someone and it makes their day.
  • Britney makes my day when she posts letters, she really does.

make do

Manage with the limited or inadequate means available: Dad would have to make do with an old car
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  • People with learning difficulties no longer have to make do with what is available.
  • Many more channels are available nowadays, even if some of us still make do with the five.
  • Aided by support staff and by reading specialists, teachers made do with the pedagogical knowledge and skills that were available to them.
scrape by, get by, manage, cope, survive, muddle through, improvise, make ends meet, keep the wolf from the door, keep one's head above water
informal make out
(make do with) make the best of, get by on, put up with

make like

North American informal Pretend to be; imitate: tell the whole group to make like a bird by putting their arms out
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  • If you want an alternative to a T-shirt or vest, make like Kate Moss and wear your skirt with a waistcoat and nothing else.
  • He makes like a much saner but less personable Iggy Pop.
  • Of course this was before she made like Patti LaBelle and got a new attitude.

make or break

Be the factor that decides whether (something) will succeed or fail.
Example sentences
  • As any sports fanatic knows, commentary can make or break any game, whether on TV or on a console.
  • The quality of the lighting system is a make or break factor in the 24 Hour Race.
  • The big two in local football are heading for a make or break month of matches.

make sail

Sailing Spread a sail or sails.
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  • To make sail is to spread an additional quantity of sail, so as to increase the ship's velocity.
  • Stepping their masts and making sail, side by side, the four boats of the Daydream forged steadily ahead.
  • If called on deck for the purpose of shortening or making sail they should come at once.
8.1Start a voyage.
Example sentences
  • He had decided to make sail for that point where they had last seen Dolphin.
  • As Iberville's ships sailed west, Arriola left Francisco Martinez in command and made sail for Mexico.
  • The death was a shock to all on board and it was a subdued company that made sail for Bermuda.

make time

1Find an occasion when time is available to do something: the nurse should make time to talk to the patient
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  • So in addition to being available and approachable, make time during the day to informally interact with staffers.
  • He rarely makes time to exercise, occasionally playing squash or visiting the gym when he has the time and energy.
  • Occasionally, make time to invite a neighbor over and perform for them after a lunch or dinner.
2North American informal Make sexual advances to someone: I couldn’t make time with Marilyn because she was already a senior
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  • Meanwhile, Ron was trying to make time with a table of ladies.
  • ‘So it suits me fine living there - there's never a shortage of handsome men eager to make time with me,’ she adds saucily.
  • Ethan gets a gig playing in Harrisburg and Justin secretly follows, catching the new boyfriend making time with an admirer.

make up one's mind

Make a decision; decide: he made up his mind to attend the meeting
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  • At 35 and obviously aging, Roy Jones needs to make up his mind and decide on his future very soon.
  • He made up his mind to leave Sunday morning and decided to go for another drive.
  • You could spend half a day making up your mind what to order.
decide, come to a decision, make/reach a decision;
settle on a plan of action, come to a conclusion, reach a conclusion;
determine, resolve

make way

1Allow room for someone or something else: the land is due to be bulldozed to make way for a parking garage
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  • ‘Companies have been telling employees who don't want to move to make way for Olympic venues that if you don't go, you'll be out of a job,’ he said.
  • So he set out, but on the road and in the village no one made way for him, and when he begged no one gave him alms.
  • The historic market, at the heart of town life for centuries, will be leaving the town for good to make way for redevelopment.
2chiefly Nautical Make progress; travel.
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  • The Hornet set sail and made way for the launch point Southeast of Japan's coast line.
  • Seeing the sun beginning to set he made way for his balcony.
  • Henrietta, shouldering an opened parasol, followed the tapping of Josh's cane as they made way slowly to the pier.

on the make

informal Intent on gain, typically in an unscrupulous way.
Example sentences
  • This is the story of his adventures when he is sent away to live in London with his uncle, a fat man always on the make - the book's finest comic creation.
  • Mackintosh beckoned from across the park, then sat down next to him like a vagrant on the make.
  • There is always someone on the make in a crisis.
12.1Looking for a sexual partner.
Example sentences
  • The crowd can be a little shaky sometimes (a few too many single people on the make!) but the decor is simply mindbendingly good.
  • She was obviously on the make for her mother's boyfriend.
  • Why are some people faithful and others on the make?

put the make on

North American informal Make sexual advances to (someone).
Example sentences
  • He doesn't think Laura can handle Robert, and Luke is worried that Robert is putting the make on her.
  • After her uncle puts the make on her she takes off on her own using her feminine wiles to make it to the top.
  • He then sent me to the company psychiatrist who put the make on me, and then I really did scream to get out.

Phrasal verbs


make after

archaic Pursue (someone).
Example sentences
  • I slipped my other shoe into my bag and made after him - he wasn't hard to locate.
  • I nodded, made after him quickly and eased myself through the hole.

make away

another way of saying make off.

make away with

Example sentences
  • A sweet and submissive mantrap, Irina ultimately makes away with an art collection, most of the petty cash, and the show.
  • I felt bad as I could not do anything to prevent the robbers from making away with our valuables.
  • She said her attackers gagged her mouth and tied her to the bed before making away with the property.
3.1Kill (someone) furtively and illicitly: for all we know she could have been made away with
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  • The only question that seemed to trouble him was, whom to make away with; for he was not blind to the fact that murder requires a victim as well as a priest.
  • What good is the band if the lead singer makes away with himself.
  • She heard that her son had been a coward and unworthy of her, and when he arrived, she made away with him.

make for

1Move or head toward (a place): I made for the life raft and hung on for dear life
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  • The fumes of the city stung harshly in my nose as I inched towards the Ramblas, one among twenty thousand making for Barcelona's famous promenade.
  • The crowd has swelled so you can't move, let alone photograph, so I make for a restaurant on a first floor from where I can look down on the concert below.
  • Parliament decided to use its army to cut off Rupert's lines of support and so moved off the moor and made for Tadcaster.
go for/toward, head for/toward, aim for, make one's way toward, move toward, direct one's steps toward, steer a course toward, be bound for, make a beeline for
1.1Approach (someone) to attack them.
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  • He pushed forward and made for the woman with the guitar.
  • He began to heave the books at her, and when he ran out of books she made for him again.
  • He grunted in anger and made for them again, and Mike pushed him back once more.
2Tend to result in or be received as (a particular thing): job descriptions never make for exciting reading
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  • We need less hostility, folks, and obeying the laws of the road can go a long way towards making for a peaceful existence.
  • This makes for comic and moving moments in a deep-thinking, pertinent play that is both heavy and light on the heart.
  • It makes for a strangely moving scene, despite or because of the hum of the nearby freeways.
contribute to, be conducive to, produce, promote, facilitate, foster
3 (be made for) Be eminently suited for (a particular function): a man made for action
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  • This is one of those applications that PDAs were made for, but whether stores will want to install extra hardware for users remains to be seen.
  • Because they worked at this - at whatever it was, the one thing they were made for.
  • The second of the two links is the sort of collaborative project that the internet was made for.
3.1Form an ideal partnership; be ideally suited: you two were just made for each other
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  • So, when they started dating, that scared her even more, because they were practically made for each other.
  • So Bob and Charlotte are pretty well made for each other.
  • Much as I sometimes hate to admit it, my true love and I are made for each other.

make something of

Give or ascribe a specified amount of attention or importance to: oddly, he makes little of America’s low investment rates
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  • MacDowell is well aware of all of this, but makes too little of these interrelated developments.
  • Few artists have ever made more of their ethnic and cultural origins than Toledo.
  • They have made much of the fact that their currency is the oldest in the world.
5.1Understand or derive advantage from: they stared at the stone but could make nothing of it
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  • Anyway, usually what I do is set up a clear advantage position, try to figure out what the advantage is, and then try to make something of it against Fritz.
  • That symbol was even stranger, and he could make nothing of it.
  • He told me that I would never make anything of myself if I didn't go to college.
[with negative or in questions]5.2 Conclude to be the meaning or character of: he wasn’t sure what to make of Russell
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  • What do you make of the talk-show aspect of this campaign?
  • What does she make of the success of this student-run farm?
  • Hey, don't tell me what to make of your music.

make off

Leave hurriedly, especially in order to avoid duty or punishment: they made off without paying
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  • He also admitted making off without paying a £22 taxi fare.
  • The warning follows a number of incidents in which members of the public have made off from taxis without paying their fares.
  • He added: ‘We need to trace anyone who saw the assault, or the suspect making off.’

make off with

Carry (something) away illicitly: burglars made off with all their wedding presents
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  • Burglars made off with around £5,000 in cash after breaking in to a Kendal hotel safe.
  • The two intruders made off with a hi-fi and other electrical equipment.
  • Her mysterious assailant made off with the cash and a stale Danish pastry.
take, steal, purloin, pilfer, abscond with, run away/off with, carry off, snatch;
kidnap, abduct
informal walk away/off with, swipe, filch, nab, lift, “liberate”, “borrow”, snitch, pinch

make out

1Make progress; fare: how are you making out, now that the summer’s over?
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  • Newton, who took on the biggest risk back in 1984, made out pretty well, too.
  • It'll be interesting to see how the original director makes out in the wake of the Dawn of the Dead remake.
  • I would love to hear from them, see how they've made out, try to pick up where we left off, and thank them.
get on/along, fare, do, proceed, go, progress, manage, survive, cope, get by
2North American informal Engage in sexual activity: Ernie was making out with Bernice
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  • There were dozens of times when I had walked into a room only to find him making out with some random chick.
  • She and her boyfriend were photographed making out on a yacht.
  • He has taken her for several dates downtown where they have been making out at every opportunity.
kiss, neck, caress, pet
informal smooch, canoodle, fool around

make someone/something out

1Manage with some difficulty to see or hear something: in the dim light it was difficult to make out the illustration
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  • The blurriness in his eyes made it difficult to read but eventually he managed to make it out.
  • I didn't know what I was saying, because I couldn't hear it or make it out, but I saw Jason walk up again, and again he was crying.
  • His voice became faint to her, and her vision blurry, but as she could no longer make him out or hear his voice she couldn't tell what he said.
see, discern, distinguish, perceive, pick out, detect, observe, recognize
literary descry, espy
understand, comprehend, follow, grasp, fathom, work out, make sense of, interpret, decipher, make head(s) or tail(s) of, get, get the drift of, catch
1.1Understand the character or motivation of someone: I can’t make her out—she’s so inconsistent
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  • It's difficult to make Jason out because he was fine in Australia's first round match at the beginning of the week.
  • He clearly feels protective of her, but she can't make him out: is he a fantastic copper or just a complete nutter?
2 [with infinitive or clause] Assert; represent: I’m not as bad as I’m made out to be
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  • Knowing now some of the unspeakable horrors that other children went through it is difficult to make him out as anything other than firm but fair.
  • In our very hearing you make him out to be a traitor!
  • It is not as difficult as you first make it out to be.
2.1Try to give a specified impression; pretend: he made out he was leaving
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  • Anyway, at the end of the discussion Robbie was making out that they had settled everything.
  • We had half a page in the local paper, who made out they had discovered the whole story.
  • He makes out that he's sick, so Dan immediately decides to can the trip (much to his fiancée's chagrin).
allege, claim, assert, declare, maintain, affirm, suggest, imply, hint, insinuate, indicate, intimate, impute
formal aver
3Draw up or write out a list or document, especially an official one: advice about making out a will send a check made out to Trinity College
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  • When she made out her application, she received offers from universities including Lancaster, but she refused because she was set on going to Oxford.
  • It looks like Charlotte made the list out for her.
  • The contract of carriage shall be confirmed by the making out of a consignment note.
write out, fill out, fill in, complete, draw up

make something over

1Transfer the possession of something to someone: if he dies childless he is to make over his share of the estate to his brother
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  • A century later, two neighbouring estates were amalgamated, creating a marvel of vistas and architecture which was eventually made over to the nation in 1841.
  • You have the property, you are living in the property, you have not made anything over to your former partner, nor your children.
  • The property would not be made over to Mr Kirk, but on the other hand must be made safe for Thomas and his family.
transfer, sign over, turn over, hand over/on/down, give, leave, bequeath, bestow, pass on, assign, consign, entrust;
Law  devolve
2Completely transform or remodel something, especially a person’s hairstyle, makeup, or clothes.
Example sentences
  • Its angle is to take a group of plain Janes, make them over into glamour girls, and then have them all take part in a season-ending beauty pageant.
  • Wilma makes Fred over as a smooth Casanova, but when it goes to his head, she decides she likes him better the way he was.
  • Paul Rudd plays Adam, a nerdy undergrad who falls for Evelyn, an iconoclastic art student hellbent on making him over.

make up

Be reconciled after a quarrel: let’s kiss and make up
More example sentences
  • As Paul and Heather prepare to do battle, another celebrity is apparently kissing and making up.
  • The wealthy couple were later seen having a lover's tiff before kissing and making up on the dance floor.
  • They argue almost constantly, only stopping occasionally to hug and kiss and pretend to make up.
be friends again, bury the hatchet, declare a truce, make peace, forgive and forget, shake hands, become reconciled, settle one's differences, mend fences, call it quits

make someone up

Apply cosmetics to oneself or another.
Example sentences
  • With the help of fellow female team members, Adam was made up and dressed up for the strut down the catwalk.
  • Jacobs was made up to look like the former wrestling champion.
  • My several floor mates took me to the kitchenette and then they made me up for the drag night.
apply makeup/cosmetics to, powder
(make oneself up) informalput on one's face, do/paint one's face, apply one's war paint, doll oneself up

make something up

1 (also make up for) Serve or act to compensate for something lost, missed, or deficient: I’ll make up the time tomorrow
More example sentences
  • Did this mean, he asked, that the disabled were being taxed to make up for the city's lost revenue?
  • The White House has said he transferred to the Alabama Guard and missed some duty but made it up later.
  • To make up for the lost sleep, he sleeps to the full on weekends, getting up after noon.
atone for, make amends for, compensate for, make recompense for, make reparation for, make redress for, make restitution for, expiate
offset, counterbalance, counteract, compensate for;
balance, neutralize, cancel out, even up, redeem
1.1 (make it up to) Compensate someone for negligent or unfair treatment: I’ll try to make it up to you in the future
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  • I will do everything I can to make it up to them, but I know that no amount of compensation is enough.
  • By making it up to the person who was hurt, we make victims of the person all over again by saying that they should not have been hurt by what happened.
  • Not that I was making it up to her or anything, but I went into the Department Store and got her a present.
2 (make up) (Of parts) compose or constitute (a whole): women make up 56 percent of the student body the team is made up of three women and two men
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  • There had been speculation that Division One would be made up of 10 teams as opposed to the past season's 12 divided into two groups of five.
  • A lot of different aspects make up the constitution of a football player.
  • If water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen, why can't we breathe underwater?
constitute, form, compose, account for
2.1Complete an amount or group: he brought along a girl to make up a foursome
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  • You can spend more than this amount if you wish, though obviously you'll be making up the difference yourself.
  • The rate has to increase by an extra amount the following year to make up the shortfall.
  • To be honest, I felt sure I was there to make up the numbers and I was quite happy to do so.
complete, round off/out, finish
3Put together or prepare something from parts or ingredients: make up the mortar to a consistency that can be molded in the hands
More example sentences
  • We subsequently found out that the Austrian and German menu items are made up locally by an expert using genuine ingredients and traditional recipes.
  • Good ales are made up of many of the same ingredients which are in great bread.
  • Shortly before the Jubilee weekend, I was joking about having a t-shirt made up.
prepare, mix, concoct, put together
3.1Get an amount or group together: he was trying to make up a party to go dancing
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  • All you need to do is to make up a team of six to eight, give yourself a catchy name and come along to test your wits and enjoy yourselves!
  • Local organisations and individuals are invited to make up teams of four.
  • Anyone unable to get a full team together can also turn up to make up more teams on the night.
3.2Prepare a bed for use with fresh bedclothes.
Example sentences
  • Nurses made certain that the patients' beds were made up with fresh linen and blankets, and they offered sedatives or aspirin to patients who were uncomfortable.
  • I returned to my room to find that Marcie had already made the beds up and returned the room to its daytime configuration.
3.3 Printing Arrange type and illustrations into pages or arrange the type and illustrations on a page.
Example sentences
  • I can make pages up, scan images in and all sorts of clever things.
4Concoct or invent a story, lie, or plan: she enjoyed making up tall tales
More example sentences
  • In fact they think I just made the whole story up to get out of trouble.
  • I'm guessing you were making it up to illustrate your point.
  • Under cross examination by Louise Blackwell, defending, Miss X denied making her account up.
invent, fabricate, concoct, dream up, think up, hatch, trump up;
devise, manufacture, formulate, coin
informal cook up

make up to

informal Attempt to win the favor of (someone) by being pleasant: you can’t go on about morals when you’re making up to Adam like that
More example sentences
  • I bet she was making up to the master.
  • Harry made up to her shamelessly.

make with

US informal Proceed to use or supply: make with the feet, honey—we’re late
More example sentences
  • If you would like to compare and contrast how he looked three weeks ago, make with the clicking on this here link.
  • The sunset was making with the umbrella-drink colors, the low-rent-tropical stuff.
  • You've tried to kill our friends and you've threatened us, but now you're trying to make with the friendly talk.



Pronunciation: /-əbəl/
(also makable) adjective
Example sentences
  • However, the balls hit to him have been makeable plays.
  • But countless makeable plays have gone unmade and been ruled hits by generous official scorers.
  • Goalkicker Nick Hogan actually missed with another three eminently makeable efforts.


Old English macian, from a base meaning 'fitting'; related to match1.

  • match from Old English:

    Match in the sense ‘be the same as’ comes from an Old English word meaning ‘mate, companion’ which probably goes back to the same root as Old English make. Use of the word to mean ‘contest, competitive trial’ dates from the early 16th century. The match associated with fire was first used to mean ‘candle wick’. It is from Old French meche, perhaps from Latin myxa meaning ‘spout of a lamp, lamp wick’. The wooden match we are familiar with today dates from the early 19th century.

Words that rhyme with make

ache, awake, bake, betake, Blake, brake, break, cake, crake, drake, fake, flake, forsake, hake, Jake, lake, mistake, opaque, partake, quake, rake, sake, shake, sheikh, slake, snake, splake, stake, steak, strake, take, undertake, wake, wideawake

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Syllabification: make

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