simple past tense and past participle of make1.


produced by making, preparing, etc., in a particular way (often used in combination): well-made garments.
artificially produced: made fur.
invented or made-up: to tell made stories about oneself.
prepared, especially from several ingredients: a made dish.
assured of success or fortune: a made man.


    have it made, Informal.
    1. to be assured or confident of success: With a straight A average he's got it made.
    2. to have achieved success, especially wealth, status, or the like.
Related formshalf-made, adjectiveun·der·made, adjective
Can be confusedmade maid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for have it made



the past tense and past participle of make 1


artificially produced
(in combination) produced or shaped as specifiedhandmade
get it made or have it made informal to be assured of success
made of money very rich
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Word Origin and History for have it made



late 14c., from Middle English maked, from Old English macod "made," past participle of macian "to make" (see make). Made up "invented" is from 1789; of minds, "settled, decided," from 1873. To be a made man is in Marlowe's "Faust" (1590). To have it made (1955) is American English colloquial.

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Idioms and Phrases with have it made

have it made

Be sure of success; also, have achieved success. For example, Since he knows all the important people, John has it made, or Karen was accepted every place she applied—she has it made. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]


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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