[ meyd ]
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  1. simple past tense and past participle of make1.

  1. produced by making, preparing, etc., in a particular way (often used in combination): well-made garments.

  2. artificially produced: made fur.

  1. invented or made-up: to tell made stories about oneself.

  2. prepared, especially from several ingredients: a made dish.

  3. assured of success or fortune: a made man.

Idioms about made

  1. have it made, Informal.

    • to be assured or confident of success: With a straight A average he's got it made.

    • to have achieved success, especially wealth, status, or the like.

Origin of made

First recorded in 1350–1400, for the adjective

Other words from made

  • half-made, adjective
  • un·der·made, adjective

Words that may be confused with made

Words Nearby made Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use made in a sentence

  • In this way bundles of the plants are easily made, and in most cases these can be readily carried about.

    How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
  • Bessires was included because he would never win it at any later date, but his doglike devotion made him a priceless subordinate.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • With every allusion that Ramona made to the saints' statues, Alessandro's desire to procure one for her deepened.

    Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
  • I was busy loading the piece when an exclamation of surprise from one of the men made me look up.

  • Only in the carnage of the head, the tilt of the chin, was the insolence expressed that had made her many enemies.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton

British Dictionary definitions for made


/ (meɪd) /

  1. the past tense and past participle of make 1

  1. artificially produced

  2. (in combination) produced or shaped as specified: handmade

  1. get it made or have it made informal to be assured of success

  2. made of money very rich

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Other Idioms and Phrases with made


In addition to the idioms beginning with made

  • made for each other
  • made of money
  • made to measure
  • made to order

also see:

  • have it made

Also see undermake.

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