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1

Proceed rapidly, as in We have to make time if we don't want to miss the first part of the movie. This usage alludes to compensating for lost time. [First half of 1800s] Also see make good time.

2

make time for. Arrange one's schedule for doing something or seeing someone, as in Harold always manages to make time for tennis, or I'm pretty busy, but I can make time for you tomorrow morning.

3

make time with. Court or flirt with someone, as in Jerry is trying to make time with Beth. [Slang; first half of 1900s]

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