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makeshift Syllabification: make·shift
Pronunciation: /ˈmākˌSHift/

Definition of makeshift in English:


Serving as a temporary substitute; sufficient for the time being: arranging a row of chairs to form a makeshift bed
More example sentences
  • Sometimes the hostels are full and homeless women are given makeshift beds, she said.
  • I sat on the end of his makeshift bed and we talked about his life, family, and fishing.
  • So makeshift solutions were invented, revived and refined to get back a certain air of balance.
temporary, provisional, interim, stopgap, make-do, standby, rough and ready, improvised, ad hoc, extempore, jury-rigged, jerry-built, thrown together, cobbled together


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A temporary substitute or device.
Example sentences
  • We're looking at a matchup between makeshifts on Saturday.
  • Sportsmen's Hall, it turned out, was much less grand than its name implied: all makeshifts and mazes, narrow passages harbored by rude planks.
  • Such makeshifts were not uncommon among late-romantics.
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