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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.
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Idioms about made

    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.


half-made, adjectiveun·der·made, adjective


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What is a basic definition of made?

Made is the past tense and past participle of the verb make, meaning to create from materials. As an adjective, made describes something as being built or fashioned in a certain way or something that is guaranteed to have success or good fortune in the future. Made has a few other senses as an adjective.

Made is a past tense verb that means to have been produced, fashioned, or built out of materials or components.

  • Real-life examples: Many products are made in China. Toys, electronics, furniture, and many other things are made in factories. Spider webs are made by spiders.
  • Used in a sentence: Maria’s kids made a big mess in the living room.

As an adjective, made describes something as having been produced or manufactured in a specific way.

  • Used in a sentence: The bridge was well made and lasted for centuries.

Made can also describe something as being ensured future success or having a very bright future. Usually, this sense refers to a person being very rich or having a luxurious lifestyle. This sense is used in the phrase to have it made.

  • Used in a sentence: With her hundreds of servants to wait on her, Lori’s got it made!

Where does made come from?

Made is the past tense of the word make. The first records of make come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Old English verb macian.

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What are some other forms related to made?

  • half-made (adjective)
  • undermade (adjective)

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How is made used in real life?

Made is a very common word that means to have been created, manufactured, or built.



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If a boat was made in France, it means that it was destroyed there.

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British Dictionary definitions for made

/ (meɪd) /

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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