Synonyms of make in English:



  • 1 he makes model steam engines
    [Antonyms] destroy
  • 2 she made me drink it
    force, compel, coerce, press, drive, pressure, pressurize, oblige, require; 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
    cause, create, give rise to, produce, bring about, generate, engender, occasion, effect, set up, establish, institute, found, develop, originate, frame
    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; blunder, err, trip up, put a foot wrong, nod, miscalculate
    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
    acquire, obtain, gain, get, realize, secure, win, earn; gross, fetch, bring in, take (in); 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
    add up to, amount to, come to, total, count as; Britishtot 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 awayfeignpretendgive the impressionmake a show/pretence ofaffectfeintmake out informalput 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

    pretendfantasizeindulge in fantasydaydreambuild castles in the airbuild castles in Spaindreamimagineromancefancyplay-actplay

    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 politicianstauntpoke fun atchaffteasemake jokes aboutridiculemocklaugh atguymimicparodycaricaturelampoonsatirizeragquizbe sarcastic aboutderidescoff atjeer atjibe at informaltake the mickey out ofsend upribjoshwind uppull someone's legmake a monkey ofNorth American informalgoof onrag onpull someone's chainrazzAustralian/New Zealand informalpoke mullock atsling off atBritish informal, datedrottwit datedmake sport of archaicsmokerally

    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 sexhave sexual intercoursego to bed (together)sleep togetherBritish informalbonkdo itmake whoopeeget one's oatsNorth American informalget it on vulgar slangfuckscrewshaghumpdo the businesshave it away/offBritish vulgar slangknobroger formalcopulatefornicate datedcouple

    make off

    on seeing the police they made off
    [Antonyms] turn up
    run away/offtake to one's heelsbeat a hasty retreatfleemake one's getawaymake a quick exitmake a run for itrun for ittake offtake flightboltflymake oneself scarceleaveabsconddecampdo a disappearing act informalclear off/outbeat itdo a runnerleg itmake trackscut and runskedaddlevamoosehightail ithotfoot itshow a clean pair of heelsfly the coopsplitscootscramBritish informalscarperhave it away (on one's toes)North American informallight outbug outcut outpeel outtake a powderBritish informal, datedhook it

    make off with

    burglars made off with all the wedding presentstakestealpurloinpilferabscond withappropriaterun away/off withcarry offsnatchkidnapabduct informalwalk away/off withswipefilchsnafflenablift‘liberate’‘borrow’snitchBritish informalpinchhalf-inchnickwhipknock offnobbleboneNorth American informalheistglomAustralian informalsnavelWest Indian informaltief archaiccribhook

    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
    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
    see, discern, distinguish, perceive, pick out, detect, notice, observe, recognize, catch sight of, glimpse, discover
    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 sontransfersign overturn overhand overhand ongivehand downleavebequeathbestowpass ondevolvetransmitcededeliverassignconsignconveyentrust

    make up

    come now, pet, let's kiss and make up
    [Antonyms] quarrel
    be friends againbury the hatchetdeclare a trucemake peaceforgive and forgetshake handsbecome reconciledsettle one's differencesmend fencescall 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) informal put 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 minddecidebe decisivecome to a decisionmake a decisionreach a decisiondetermineresolvesettle on a plan of actioncome to a conclusionreach a conclusion

    make up to

    informal she spent the whole evening making up to Adamflirt withchase afterrun afterpursuemake romantic advances tocourtwoovamp informalchat upmake eyes atmake sheep's eyes atgive the come-on tocome on tobe all over datedset one's cap at

    make way

    please make way for the kingmove asideclear the waymake a spacemake roomstand backallow to passallow 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 childrenambitiousaspiringdeterminedforcefulpushyenterprisingpioneeringprogressiveeagermotivatedenthusiasticenergeticzealouscommittedgo-aheadgo-gettingpurposefulassertiveaggressivehungrypower-hungry

    Word links

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

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