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American English: /meɪk/
British English: /meɪk/

Translation of make in Spanish:

transitive verb past tense & past participle made

  • 1 (to produce)
    to make a noise
    hacer ruido
    to make the beds
    hacer las camas
    tender las camas (Latin America)
    to make a note of something
    anotar algo
    made with the best ingredients
    hecho con los mejores ingredientes
    elaborado con los mejores ingredientes [formal]
    made in Spain/Mexico
    hecho or fabricado en España/México
    made in Argentina/Peru
    industria or fabricación argentina/peruana
    it's made a stain on the carpet
    ha manchado la alfombra
    she's as sharp as they make 'em [colloquial]
    es lista or viva como ella sola [colloquial]
    to make something into somethingI'll make this materiual into a skirt
    con esta tela me haré una falda
    to make something out of/from/of somethingshe made the dress out of an old sheet
    se hizo el vestido con una sábana vieja
    we made another meal from the leftovers
    hicimos otra comida con las sobras
    it's made of wood/plastic
    es de madera/plástico
    they make them out of plastic now
    ahora los hacen de plástico
    the army'll make a man (out) of you
    el ejército te hará hombre
    don't make an enemy of her
    no te la eches encima como enemiga
    see alsodifference 1 2, → fuss, → mess 1 1 1 etc
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    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.
  • 2 2.1 (to carry out)
    efectuar [formal]
    to make a mistake
    cometer un error
    let's make a deal
    hagamos un trato
    we made our escape at nightfall
    nos escapamos al anochecer
    make a left (turn) here (US)
    dobla or gira a la izquierda aquí
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    to make a speech may I make a suggestion?
    ¿puedo hacer una sugerencia?
    ¿puedo sugerir algo?
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 3 (to cause something to be) I'll make you happy/rich/famous
    te haré feliz/rica/famosa
    don't make life difficult for yourself
    no te compliques la vida
    that made me sad
    eso me entristeció or me apenó
    the work made me thirsty/sleepy
    el trabajo me dio sed/sueño
    do I make myself clear?
    ¿me explico?
    ¿está claro?
    what makes me angry is …
    lo que me da rabia es …
    make yourselves comfortable
    pónganse cómodos
    make yourself at home
    estás en tu casa
    they made their decision public
    hicieron pública su decisión
    I couldn't make myself heard above the noise
    no podía conseguir que me oyeran con el ruido
    winning the gold made her the darling of the nation
    el haber ganado la medalla de oro la convirtió en la niña mimada del país
    they've made him supervisor
    lo han nombrado supervisor
    lo han ascendido a supervisor
    he made her his wife
    la hizo su esposa
    I made their relationship the subject of my book
    hice de su relación el tema de mi libro
    I shall make it my business to find out
    yo me ocuparé or me encargaré de averiguarlo
    she made it a rule never to drink more than three glasses of wine
    tenía por norma no beber nunca más de tres vasos de vino
    if nine o'clock is too early, make it later
    si las nueve es muy temprano, podemos reunirnos ( or encontrarnos etc. ) más tarde
    two large pizzas … , no, make that three
    dos pizzas grandes … , no, mire, mejor déme tres
    he is a good, make that great, athlete (US) [colloquial]
    es un buen, o mejor dicho, un excelente atleta
  • 4 4.1 (to cause to) the heat made us sweat
    el calor nos hacía sudar
    don't make me laugh
    no me hagas reír
    whatever made you do it?
    ¿por qué lo hiciste?
    ¿qué te llevó a hacer eso?
    now look what you've made me do!
    ¡mira lo que me has hecho hacer!
    you've made me forget what I was going to say
    me has hecho olvidar lo que iba a decir
    it makes you wonder
    te da que pensar ¿verdad?
    it makes me want to scream
    me dan ganas de ponerme a gritar
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    4.2 (to compel)
    obligar a
    you can't make me go
    no puedes obligarme a ir
    no puedes hacerme ir
    you must make her see a doctor
    tienes que hacer que vaya al médico
    tienes que obligarla a ir al médico
    she was made to apologize
    la obligaron a or la hicieron pedir perdón
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 5 5.1 (to be, to constitute) perfume makes the ideal gift
    el perfume es el regalo ideal
    it would make a nice change
    sería un cambio agradable
    you'd make a useless nurse
    como enfermera serías un desastre
    no servirías para enfermera
    you'll make somebody a good husband/wife!
    serás un buen marido/una buena esposa para alguien
    he made a rather unlikely Falstaff
    su Falstaff era poco convincente
    they make a nice couple
    hacen buena pareja
    the documentary makes fascinating viewing
    es un documental fascinante de ver
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    5.2 (to equal, to amount to) five plus five makes ten
    cinco y cinco son diez
    sixteen ounces make one pound
    dieciséis onzas son una libra
    that makes ten of us, including you
    con eso somos diez, contándote a ti
    that makes two of us
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 6 6.1 (to gain, to earn) they made millions/a lot of money
    hicieron millones/mucho dinero
    they made a loss/profit
    perdieron/ganaron dinero
    they made a profit of $20,000
    ganaron or sacaron 20.000 dólares
    how much did you make on the deal?
    ¿cuánto sacaste or ganaste con el trato?
    top salespeople make up to £900 a week
    los mejores vendedores sacan or ganan hasta 900 libras por semana
    the owner of this bar must be making a fortune
    el dueño de este bar tiene que estar haciendo una fortuna
    el dueño de este bar se debe estar forrando [colloquial]
    6.2 (to acquire)
    I made a few acquaintances there
    conocí a algunas personas allí
    trabé conocimiento con algunas personas allí [formal]
    to make a name for oneself
    hacerse un nombre
    to make a name for oneself as something
    hacerse fama de ser algo
    Example sentences
    • 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!
    6.3 (in cards)
    to make a trick
    ganar una baza
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    6.4 (in US football)
  • 7 (to calculate) what do you make the total?
    ¿(a ti) cuánto te da?
    I make it 253
    (a mí) me da 253
    what time do you make it, what do you make the time?
    ¿qué hora tienes?
  • 8 8.1 (to understand, to make out)to make something of somethingI could make nothing of the message
    no entendí el mensaje
    no saqué nada en limpio del mensaje
    make of that what you will
    tú saca tus propias conclusiones
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    8.2 (to think)to make something of somebody/somethingwhat did you make of him?
    ¿qué te pareció?
    I don't know what to make of it
    no sé qué pensar
  • 9 (to make a fuss of) they like to make a lot of their grandchildren
    les gusta mimar mucho a sus nietos
    I think you're making too much of what she said
    creo que le estás dándo demasiada importancia a lo que dijo
    do you want to make something of it?
    ¿estás buscando pelea?
  • 10 [colloquial] 10.1 (to manage to attend, reach) I'm afraid I can't make Saturday
    me temo que el sábado no puedo
    I couldn't make it to the party
    no pude ir a la fiesta
    we just made the 3 o'clock train
    llegamos justo a tiempo para el tren de las tres
    the deadline's on Friday and we're not going to make it
    el plazo vence el viernes y no vamos a poder terminar
    we should make London by two o'clock
    deberíamos estar en Londres antes de las dos
    I just made it home before it started to rain
    llegué a casa justo antes de que empezara a llover
    she won't make her 60th birthday at this rate
    como siga así or si sigue así, no va a llegar a los 60 or a cumplir 60
    the story made the front page
    la noticia salió en primera plana
    he never made more than assistant manager
    nunca pasó de subgerente
    to make itshe made it fairly late in her career
    alcanzó el éxito bastante tarde en su carrera
    they made it through to the finals
    llegaron a la final
    you're good enough to make it to the top
    tú eres capaz de llegar a donde te propongas
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    10.2 (to have sex with) [slang]
    acostarse con
    tirarse [vulgar]
    to make it with somebody
    echarse un polvo con alguien [slang]
    Example sentences
    • 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?
  • 11 (to assure the success of) this is the movie that made him
    esta es la película que lo consagró
    her performance really made the play
    en realidad fue su actuación la que hizo de la obra un éxito
    the hat really makes the whole outfit
    el conjunto no sería lo que es sin el sombrero
    if you go to Harvard, you're made for life
    si vas a Harvard, tienes el futuro asegurado
    to make or break something/somebody
    ser el éxito o la ruina de algo/alguien
    it's make or break now for the German athlete
    este es el momento de la verdad para el atleta alemán
  • 12 (in phrases) to make believethe children made believe the table was a ship
    los niños jugaban a que or se imaginaban que la mesa era un barco
    you can't just make believe it never happened
    no puedes pretender que no sucedió
    no puedes hacer como si no hubiera sucedido
    to make do (with something), to make something do
    arreglárselas con algo
    we'll have to make do with what we have/to make that do
    tendremos que arreglárnoslas con lo que tenemos/con eso
    mend 2 2

intransitive verb past tense & past participle made

  • 1 1.1 (to make a preliminary move) to make as if or as though to + infinitive
    hacer ademán de + infinitive
    she made as if to get up
    hizo ademán de levantarse
    hizo como si se fuera a levantar
    he made as if or as though to hit me
    hizo ademán de pegarme
    hizo como que me iba or como si me fuera a pegar
    amagó con pegarme
    1.2 (to pretend) (US) [slang] [dated]make like you're real dumb
    hazte el idiota
  • 2 (to move, to proceed)
    they made toward the door
    se dirigieron hacia la puerta
    see alsomake for
    Example sentences
    • 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.


  • 1 (brand) what make is it?
    ¿de qué marca es?
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2to be on the make [colloquial]
    (out for gain) estar intentando sacar tajada [colloquial]
    (looking for a date) estar de ligue or (South America) de levante or (Chile) de pinche [colloquial]

Phrasal verbs

make after

verb + preposition + object
correr tras

make away

verb + adverb
largarse [colloquial]
to make away with something
llevarse algo
escaparse or [colloquial] largarse con algo

make away with

verb + adverb + preposition + object
1 (abolish) 2 (kill) [literary]
quitarle la vida a
to make away with oneself

make for

verb + preposition + object
1 1.1 (head toward)
dirigirse hacia/a
he made for the door, but she stopped him
se dirigió hacia la puerta, pero ella lo detuvo
she made straight for the bar
se fue derecho al bar
they were making for home
iban camino a casa
1.2 (attack)
abalanzarse sobre
2 (encourage, promote)
contribuir a
mutual distrust doesn't make for a good relationship
la desconfianza mutua no contribuye a una buena relación

make off

verb + adverb
salir corriendo
largarse [colloquial]
to make off with something
llevarse algo
escaparse or [colloquial] largarse con algo

make out

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (discern)
(from a distance) divisar
I can't make out what she's saying
no entiendo lo que dice
I can't make out the address
no logro descifrar la dirección
1.2 (figure out) [colloquial] I just can't make her out
sencillamente no la entiendo or comprendo
she couldn't make out why he had done it
no se explicaba or no acababa de entender por qué lo había hecho
1.3 (write)
make the check out to P. Jones
haga el cheque pagadero a or a favor de P. Jones
extienda el cheque a la orden de or a nombre de P. Jones
1.4 (put forward) to make out a case for/against something/somebody
presentar argumentos a favor/en contra de algo/alguien
2verb + adverb 2.1 (do, fare) [colloquial]how did you make out in the exam?
¿qué tal te fue en el examen? [colloquial]
2.2 (get along) [colloquial]to make out with somebodyhow did you make out with her kids?
¿qué tal te fue con sus niños?
we made out fine as soon we met
nos caímos bien desde el primer momento
2.3 (sexually) (US) [slang] neck 2
3 (claim, pretend) 3.1verb + adverb + objectshe made out it was her own work
dio a entender que lo había hecho ella misma
he made out he didn't know anything about it
fingió no saber nada del asunto
you're not as ill as you make out
no estás tan enfermo como pretendes or como quieres hacer creer
he's even more stupid than they made out
es aún más estúpido de lo que ellos dieron a entender
3.2verb + object + adverbthey made the situation out to be more serious than it was
pintaron la situación como más grave de lo que en realidad era
he's not as rich as he makes himself out to be
no es tan rico como pretende
she made herself out to be a millionairess
se hacía pasar por millonaria

make over

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (transfer ownership of)
he made his estate over to his daughter
le transfirió or cedió sus bienes a su hija
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (reuse)
(clothes) (US)
the leftover turkey can be made over into a delicious pie
con el pavo que sobre se puede hacer un delicioso pastel
2.2 (transform)
3verb + object + adverb (US) 3.1 (with cosmetics) 3.2 (change image of)
transformar la imagen de
the candidate had been made over in an effort to win votes
habían transformado la imagen del candidato en un intento de ganar votos

make up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (invent)
you've made the whole thing up
(te) lo has inventado todo
son todos inventos tuyos
1.2 (assemble, prepare)
(road) (British)
iron all the pieces before making up the sweater
planche todas las piezas antes de coser or armar el suéter
I'm trying to make up a foursome
estoy tratando de formar un grupo de cuatro personas
they made up boxes of food to send to the refugees
prepararon cajas de alimentos para mandar a los refugiados
they made the clothes up into bundles
hicieron atados con la ropa
we can easily make up a bed for you on the sofa
podemos prepararte una cama en el sofá sin ningún problema
1.3 (draw up)
1.4 (complete, add) he put in another piece to make up the weight
le agregó otro trozo para llegar al peso or para completar el peso
she came along to make up the numbers
vino para completar el grupo
you pay what you can, I'll make up the full amount/the difference
paga lo que puedas, yo pondré la diferencia (para completar el total)
1.5 (compensate for) if you take the afternoon off, I'll expect you to make up the time later
si te tomas la tarde libre, tendrás que trabajar otro día para reponer las horas or para compensar
see alsomake up for
2verb + adverb + object (constitute) the parts that make up the whole
las partes que forman or constituyen el todo
these notes make up the chord of A major
estas notas forman el acorde de la mayor
a research team made up of 11 scientists
un equipo de investigación formado or integrado por 11 científicos
it is made up of three parts
está compuesto de tres partes
3 3.1verb + adverb (achieve reconciliation)to make up (with somebody)
hacer las paces (con alguien)
reconciliarse (con alguien)
let's kiss and make up
dame un beso y hagamos las paces
3.2verb + adverb + objectthey made up their differences
hicieron las paces
to make it up (with somebody)
hacer las paces (con alguien)
reconciliarse (con alguien)
4 4.1verb + adverb (with cosmetics)
she taught me how to make up
me enseñó a maquillarme or a pintarme
4.2verb + adverb + object, verb + object + adverb
to make oneself up

make up for

verb + adverb + preposition + object
their enthusiasm makes up for their lack of experience
su entusiasmo compensa or suple su falta de experiencia
no amount of money can make up for losing a limb
la pérdida de un miembro no se puede compensar con dinero
we'll have to work even harder, to make up for lost time
tendremos que trabajar más para recuperar el tiempo perdido
what she lacks in technique she makes up for in style
lo que le falta de técnica lo compensa con estilo

make up to

1verb + adverb + preposition + object (make advances to)
tratar de ganarse el favor de
2v + o + adv + prep 2.1 (bring, raise) I'll make the total up to £200
yo pondré lo que falte para llegar a 200 libras
add water to make the juice up to a cupful
añadir agua al jugo hasta obtener una taza de líquido
2.2 (compensate) to make it up to somebodyjust give me one more chance: I'll make it all up to you
dame otra oportunidad y te resarciré de todo
thank you for your help: I don't know how to make it up to you
gracias por tu ayuda, no sé cómo podré pagarte lo que has hecho
2.3 (British) (Military)
ascender a

make with

verb + preposition + object (US)
[slang] [dated]make with the money!
¡vamos, el dinero!
then he made with the bagpipes
entonces se puso a tocar la gaita
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