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Synonyms of make in English:


  • 1 he makes model steam engines
    [Antonyms] destroy
  • 2 she made me drink it
    have someone do something, prevail on, dragoon, bludgeon, strong-arm, impel, constrain, urge, will, steamroller, browbeat, intimidate, use strong-arm tactics on, bully, hector, blackmail
    informal railroad, bulldoze, put the heat on, put the screws on, turn/tighten the screw/screws on
  • 3 don't make such a noise
    literary beget
  • 4 she pirouetted and made a little bow
    perform, execute, give, do, accomplish, achieve, bring off, carry out, effect, practise, engage in, commit, act, prosecute
  • 5 they made him chairman
    appoint, designate, name, nominate, select, elect, vote in, install, place, post;
    induct, institute, invest, ordain, assign, cast as;
    detail, draft, engage, hire, employ, recruit, retain, enrol, enlist, sign up
  • 6 I've made a will and left you everything
    formulate, frame, draw up, devise, make out, prepare, compile, compose, put together;
    draft, write, pen, produce
  • 7 I'm sorry, I've made a mistake
    perpetrate, commit, be responsible for, be guilty of, be to blame for;
    informal slip up, bloop, make a boo-boo, blow it, foul up, goof (up)
    British informal boob, drop a clanger
    North American informal screw up, drop the ball
  • 8 he had a great talent for making money
    take home, pocket, net, clear
    [Antonyms] lose
  • 9 he made lunch for us all
    prepare, get ready, put together, concoct, cook, dish up, throw together, whip up, brew
    British informabal mash
    North American informal fix
  • 10 parliament makes laws
    formulate, draw up, write, frame, draft, form, enact, pass, lay down, establish, institute, found, originate
    [Antonyms] repeal
  • 11 that makes £100
    British  tot up to
  • 12 what do you make the total?
    compute, calculate, work out;
    estimate, count up, determine, gauge, reckon, put a figure on, give a figure to, forecast, predict
  • 13 what do you make of him?
  • 14 we've got to make a decision
    reach, come to, settle on, determine on, conclude, establish, seal
  • 15 I've been asked to make a speech
    utter, give, deliver, give voice to, enunciate, recite, pronounce
  • 16 he'll make a great leader the sofa makes a good bed
    be, act as, serve as, function as, constitute, perform the function of, do duty for, play the part of, represent, embody, form
  • 17 he'll make the first eleven
    gain a place in, get into, gain access to, enter;
    achieve, attain
  • 18 he believed he could still make the night train
    catch, get, arrive/be in time for, arrive at, reach;
    get to
    [Antonyms] miss
  • Phrases

    make as if/though
    he made as if to run away
    feign, pretend, give the impression, make a show/pretence of, affect, feint, make out
    informal put it on
    make away with
  • 1 he could have made away with her and dumped the body
    kill, murder, put to death, slaughter, dispatch, execute, eliminate
    informal bump off, do away with, do in, do for, knock off, take out, finish off, top, croak, stiff, liquidate, blow away
    North American informal ice, off, rub out, smoke, waste
    literary slay
  • 2 they made away with the evidence
    dispose of, get rid of, destroy, throw away, jettison, ditch, dump, eliminate
    informal do away with
  • make believe
    pretend, fantasize, indulge in fantasy, daydream, build castles in the air, build castles in Spain, dream, imagine, romance, fancy, play-act, play
    make do
  • 2 you'll have to make do with an old car
    make the best of, get by with/on, put to the best use, make the most of
  • make for
  • 1 she made for the door
    go towards, head for/towards, aim for, make one's way towards, move towards, direct one's steps towards, steer a course towards, be bound for, set out for, make a beeline for, take to
  • 2 constant arguing doesn't make for a happy marriage
    contribute to, be conducive to, produce, promote, facilitate, further, advance, forward, foster, favour
    formal conduce to
  • make fun of
    it is easy to make fun of politicians
    taunt, poke fun at, chaff, tease, make jokes about, ridicule, mock, laugh at, guy, mimic, parody, caricature, lampoon, satirize, rag, quiz, be sarcastic about, deride, scoff at, jeer at, jibe at
    informal take the mickey out of, send up, rib, josh, wind up, pull someone's leg, make a monkey of
    North American informal goof on, rag on, pull someone's chain, razz
    Australian/New Zealand informal poke mullock at, sling off at
    British informal, dated rot, twit
    archaic smoke, rally
    make it
  • 1 he never really made it as a doctor
    succeed, be successful, prosper, distinguish oneself, be a success, get ahead, make good
    informal make the grade, arrive, crack it, cut it, find a place in the sun
  • 2 she's very ill—is she going to make it?
    survive, come through, pull through, get better, recover, rally, recuperate
  • make love
    have sex, have sexual intercourse, go to bed (together), sleep together
    British informal bonk, do it, make whoopee, get one's oats
    North American informal get it on
    vulgar slang fuck, screw, shag, hump, do the business, have it away/off
    British vulgar slang knob, roger
    dated couple
    make off
    on seeing the police they made off
    [Antonyms] turn up
    informal clear off/out, beat it, do a runner, leg it, make tracks, cut and run, skedaddle, vamoose, hightail it, hotfoot it, show a clean pair of heels, fly the coop, split, scoot, scram
    British informal scarper, have it away (on one's toes)
    North American informal light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder
    British informal, dated hook it
    make off with
    burglars made off with all the wedding presents
    kidnap, abduct
    informal walk away/off with, swipe, filch, snaffle, nab, lift, ‘liberate’, ‘borrow’, snitch
    British informal pinch, half-inch, nick, whip, knock off, nobble, bone
    North American informal heist, glom
    Australian informal snavel
    West Indian informal tief
    archaic crib, hook
    make out
  • 1 how did you make out?
    get on, get along, fare, do, proceed, go, progress, manage, survive, cope, get by
  • 2North American informal they were making out on the sofa
    make love, have sex, have sexual intercourse;
    kiss and cuddle, caress, French kiss, pet, engage in heavy petting
    informal canoodle, neck, smooch
    British informal snog, bonk, do it, make whoopee, get one's oats
    North American informal get it on
    vulgar slang fuck, screw, hump, do the business, have it away/off
    British vulgar slang roger
    informal, dated spoon, couple
  • make something out
  • 1 I could just make out a figure in the distance
    literary descry, espy, behold
  • 2 he couldn't make out what she was saying
  • 3 she made out that he was violent
    allege, claim, assert, declare, maintain, affirm, aver, suggest, imply, hint, insinuate, indicate, intimate, impute, make as if/though, pretend
  • 4 how do you make that out?
    demonstrate, show to be true, establish, substantiate, prove, verify, validate, authenticate, corroborate
  • 5 he made out a receipt for $20
    write out, fill out, fill in, complete, draw up, draft, inscribe
  • make something over to someone
    he made over the whole property to his son
    make up
    come now, pet, let's kiss and make up
    [Antonyms] quarrel
    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 something up
  • 1 women make up 56 per cent of the student body
  • 2 he brought another girl with him to make up a foursome
    complete, round off, finish
  • 3 the pharmacist made up the prescription
    prepare, mix, concoct, put together
  • 5 she made up her face carefully
    apply make-up/cosmetics to, powder, rouge
    (make oneself up) informalput on one's face, do one's face, paint one's face, tart oneself up, do oneself up, apply one's warpaint, doll oneself up
  • make up for
  • 1 she tried to make up for what she'd said earlier
    atone for, make amends for, compensate for, make recompense for, make reparation for, make redress for, make restitution for, expiate
    formal requite
  • 2 hard work can more than make up for a lack of intellectual brilliance
  • make up one's mind
    stop dithering and make up your mind
    decide, be decisive, come to a decision, make a decision, reach a decision;
    determine, resolve, settle on a plan of action, come to a conclusion, reach a conclusion
    make up to
    informal she spent the whole evening making up to Adam
    flirt with, chase after, run after, pursue, make romantic advances to, court, woo, vamp
    informal chat up, make eyes at, make sheep's eyes at, give the come-on to, come on to, be all over
    make way
    please make way for the king
    move aside, clear the way, make a space, make room, stand back;
    allow to pass, allow through


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  • 1 a different make of car
    brand, marque, model, mark, sort, type, kind, variety, style, label
  • 2 a man of a different make from his brother
  • Phrases

    on the make
    everyone is on the make, especially the children
    ambitious, aspiring, determined, forceful, pushy, enterprising, pioneering, progressive, eager, motivated, enthusiastic, energetic, zealous, committed, go-ahead, go-getting, purposeful, assertive, aggressive, hungry, power-hungry

    Word links

    -facient, -faction, -fic, -genic suffixes meaning 'making or causing …', as in abortifacient, liquefaction, soporific, hallucinogenic
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