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1

Carry out successfully, make sure of, as in He made good his escape. This usage was first recorded in 1606.

2

Fulfill, as in She made good her promise. This usage was first recorded in Miles Coverdale's 1535 translation of the Bible (II Chronicles 6:16): “Make good unto my father, David ... that which thou hast promised him.”

3

Compensate for, make up for, as in They made good the loss. This usage first appeared in William Langland's Piers Ploughman (1377).

4

Succeed, as in He made good as a writer. [c. 1900]

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