- the act of a person or thing that makes: The making of a violin requires great skill.
- structure; constitution; makeup.
- the means or cause of success or advancement: to be the making of someone.
- Usually makings. capacity or potential: He has the makings of a first-rate officer.
- something made.
- the quantity made: a making of butter.
- in the making, in the process of being made; developing or evolving; growing: Our space scientists see history in the making.
Origin of making
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Examples from the Web for self-making
He was the self-made man who had shed the traces of self-making.The Letter of the Contract
The West makes much of its self-made men, and points to them with pride, whenever the self-making includes material gain.The Main Chance
We should have liked a grand piano, and a self-making ice box, and a servant, and an automobile right off!Making the House a Home
Edgar A. Guest
- the act of a person or thing that makes or the process of being made
- (in combination)watchmaking
- be the making of to cause the success of
- in the making in the process of becoming or being madea politician in the making
- something made or the quantity of something made at one time
- make-up; composition
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