Idioms for make

Origin of make

1
before 900; Middle English maken, Old English macian; cognate with Low German, Dutch maken, German machen

OTHER WORDS FROM make

mak·a·ble, adjective

synonym study for make

1. Make, construct, manufacture mean to produce, to put into definite form, or to put parts together to make a whole. Make is the general term: Bees make wax. Construct, more formal, means to put parts together, usually according to a plan or design: to construct a building. Manufacture usually refers to producing something from material that requires conversion from one state or condition to another, now almost entirely by means of machinery in a relatively complex process: to manufacture automobiles by the assembly of different parts. The term is also often used contemptuously of unimaginative or hackneyed works of art with the implication that the work was produced mechanically, and is used abstractly with the idea of denying genuineness: to manufacture an excuse.
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British Dictionary definitions for make out (1 of 3)

make out

verb (adverb)

British Dictionary definitions for make out (2 of 3)

make1
/ (meɪk) /

verb makes, making or made (mainly tr)

noun

Derived forms of make

makable, adjective

Word Origin for make

Old English macian; related to Old Frisian makia to construct, Dutch maken, German machen to make

British Dictionary definitions for make out (3 of 3)

make2
/ (meɪk) /

noun archaic

a peer or consort
a mate or spouse

Derived forms of make

makeless, adjective

Word Origin for make

Old English gemaca mate; related to match 1
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Idioms and Phrases with make out (1 of 2)

make out

1

Discern or see, especially with difficulty, as in I can hardly make out the number on the door. [Mid-1700s]

2

Manage, get along, as in How did you make out with the accountant? This usage was first recorded in 1820.

3

Engage in sexual foreplay or intercourse, as in Bill and Jane were making out on the sofa, or Joe bragged that he made out last night. [Slang; early 1900s]

4

Understand, as in I can't make out what she is trying to say. [Mid-1600s] Also see can't make head or tail of.

5

Establish or prove, as in He made out that he was innocent. [Colloquial; mid-1600s]

6

Imply or suggest. This usage often occurs with an infinitive, as in Are you making me out to be a liar? [Colloquial; mid-1600s]

7

Write out, draw up; fill in a written form. For example, He made out the invoices, or Jane started making out job applications. This usage was first recorded in 1465.

Idioms and Phrases with make out (2 of 2)

make

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