verb (used with object), made, mak·ing.
- to name (the trump).
- to take a trick with (a card).
- Bridge. to fulfill or achieve (a contract or bid).
- to shuffle (the cards).
- to recognize or identify: Any cop in town will make you as soon as you walk down the street.
- to charge or cause to be charged with a crime: The police expect to make a couple of suspects soon.
verb (used without object), made, mak·ing.
- to write out or complete, as a bill or check.
- to establish; prove.
- to decipher; discern.
- to imply, suggest, or impute: He made me out to be a liar.
- to manage; succeed: How are you making out in your new job?
- Slang. to engage in kissing and caressing; neck.
- Slang. to have sexual intercourse.
- Chiefly Pennsylvania German. to turn off or extinguish (especially a light or fire): Make the light out.
- to remodel; alter: to make over a dress; to make over a page layout.
- to transfer the title of (property); convey: After she retired she made over her property to her children and moved to Florida.
- to go toward; approach: to make for home.
- to lunge at; attack.
- to help to promote or maintain: This incident will not make for better understanding between the warring factions.
- to run away; depart hastily: The only witness to the accident made off before the police arrived.
- Nautical. to stand off from a coast, especially a lee shore.
- (of parts) to constitute; compose; form.
- to put together; construct; compile.
- to concoct; invent.
- Also make up for. to compensate for; make good.
- to complete.
- to put in order; arrange: The maid will make up the room.
- to conclude; decide.
- to settle amicably, as differences.
- to become reconciled, as after a quarrel.
- Printing. to arrange set type, illustrations, etc., into columns or pages.
- to dress in appropriate costume and apply cosmetics for a part on the stage.
- to apply cosmetics.
- to adjust or balance, as accounts; prepare, as statements.
- Education. to repeat (a course or examination that one has failed).
- Education. to take an examination that one had been unable to take when first given, usually because of absence.
- to specify and indicate the layout or arrangement of (columns, pages, etc., of matter to be printed).
- Atlantic States. (of the weather or clouds) to develop or gather: It's making up for a storm.
- Atlantic States. (of the sea) to become turbulent: If the sea makes up, row toward land.
- Informal. to try to become friendly with; fawn on.
- to make advances to; flirt with: He makes up to every new woman in the office.
SYNONYMS FOR make
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Idioms for make
- to steal: The clerk made away with the cash and checks.
- to destroy; kill: He made away with his enemies.
- to get rid of.
- to consume, drink, or eat completely: The boys made away with the contents of the refrigerator.
- to take bets and give odds.
- to make a business of this.
- to provide restitution or reparation for: The bank teller made good the shortage and was given a light sentence.
- to succeed: Talent and training are necessary to make good in some fields.
- to fulfill: He made good on his promise.
- Navigation. to compute (a course) allowing for leeway and compass deviation.
- Nautical. to roll and pitch in heavy seas.
- to progress laboriously; struggle, especially to struggle needlessly: I am making heavy weather with my income tax return.
- Informal. to achieve a specific goal: to make it to the train; to make it through college.
- Informal. to succeed in general: He'll never make it in business.
- Slang. to have sexual intercourse.
- to perform an appropriate or expected social courtesy.
- Older Use. to bow or curtsy.
- to set sails.
- to brace the yards of a ship that has been hove to in order to make headway.
- to urinate.
- Nautical. (of a hull) to leak.
- to operate; use: Let's make with the feet.
- to bring about; provide or produce: He makes with the big ideas, but can't follow through.
- seeking to improve one's social or financial position, usually at the expense of others or of principle.
- increasing; advancing.
- Slang. seeking amorous or sexual relations: The park was swarming with sailors on the make.
Origin of make1
synonym study for make
OTHER WORDS FROM makemak·a·ble, adjective
Words nearby make
Definition for make (2 of 2)
noun British Dialect.
Origin of make2
What is a basic definition of make?
Make means to create, to force, or to cause to happen. Make has many other senses as a verb and a noun. The word make is used in a huge amount of idioms, as well.
If you make something, you are building it or bringing it into existence. It is possible to make both physical things (breakfast, a snowman, etc.) and nonphysical things (a deal, a promise, etc.). People make things by combining parts or ingredients, shaping materials, or triggering them to happen through their actions. Someone who makes something is its maker.
- Real-life examples: Bakers make bread and pastries. Politicians make laws. Children often make a mess. Painters and sculptors make works of art.
- Used in a sentence: She made a deal with him that they would split the rent evenly.
If you make someone do something, you force them to do it.
- Real-life examples: Parents make their children go to school. Our country makes us pay taxes. You might make your dog behave.
- Used in a sentence: I made Rick apologize to Emily for eating her lunch.
Make can also mean to cause something to occur. If a person makes something happen, they might not have directly done the work but they are the reason that it happened. For example, you might make someone smile by giving them a gift. While the gift may be the true source of joy, you are the person who caused them to smile by giving it to them.
- Used in a sentence: The thunderstorm made us decide to reschedule the picnic.
Where does make come from?
The first records of make come from before the 900s. It comes from the Old English verb macian and is related to the Dutch maken and the German machen.
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What are some other forms related to make?
- maker (noun)
- makable (adjective)
- makeless (adjective)
What are some synonyms for make?
What are some words that share a root or word element with make?
What are some words that often get used in discussing make?
How is make used in real life?
Make is a very common word that often means to create something.
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How to use make in a sentence
Genetics alone does not an eating disorder make, generally speaking, and Bulik points out that environment still plays a role.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And yes, our values include tolerance of those who wish to make fun of religion.
The court ruled she lacked the maturity to make her own medical decisions.
And it must make sure that the platform of debate where we can freely exchange ideas is safe and sound.
Through his company, consumers will be able to cheaply make custom DNA strands, including what Heinz calls “creatures.”
And to tell the truth, she couldn't help wishing he could see, so he could make the game livelier.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
She did not need a great cook-book; She knew how much and what it took To make things good and sweet and light.
Now this setting up of an orderly law-abiding self seems to me to imply that there are impulses which make for order.
Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour, and make a fat offering, and then give place to the physician.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
Those in whom the impulse is strong and dominant are perhaps those who in later years make the good society actors.
British Dictionary definitions for make (1 of 2)
verb makes, making or made (mainly tr)
- to win a trick with (a specified card)
- to shuffle (the cards)
- bridge to fulfil (a contract) by winning the necessary number of tricks
- informal to be successful in doing something
- (foll by with) slang to have sexual intercourse
- slang to inject a narcotic drug
- to have sexual intercourse
- archaic to engage in courtship
- to have sexual intercourse with someone
- archaic to engage in courtship with someone
- another term for urinate
- (of a boat, hull, etc) to let in water
- informal out for profit or conquest
- slang in search of a sexual partner
Derived forms of makemakable, adjective
Word Origin for make
British Dictionary definitions for make (2 of 2)
Derived forms of makemakeless, adjective
Word Origin for make
Idioms and Phrases with make
In addition to the idioms beginning with make
- make a beeline for
- make a break for
- make a bundle
- make a clean breast of
- make a clean sweep
- make a comeback
- make a crack
- make a date
- make a day of it
- make a dent in
- make a difference
- make advances
- make a face
- make a federal case of
- make a fool of
- make a fortune
- make a fuss
- make a go of
- make a hash of
- make a hit
- make a hole in
- make a killing
- make a laughingstock of
- make a living
- make allowance for
- make a long story short
- make amends
- make a monkey out of
- make a mountain out of a molehill
- make a name for oneself
- make an appearance
- make an appointment
- make an ass of
- make an end of
- make an example of
- make an exception
- make an exhibition of oneself
- make a night of it
- make an impression
- make a note of
- make a nuisance of oneself
- make a pass at
- make a pig of oneself
- make a pile
- make a pitch for
- make a play for
- make a point of
- make a practice of
- make arrangements for
- make a run for
- make a scene
- make as if
- make a silk purse
- make a stab at
- make a stand
- make a statement
- make a stink
- make a virtue of necessity
- make away with
- make bail
- make believe
- make bold
- make book
- make bricks without straw
- make capital out of
- make conversation
- make demands on
- make do
- make ends meet
- make eyes at
- make fast work of
- make for
- make free with
- make friends
- make fun of
- make good
- make good time
- make great strides
- make haste
- make hay while the sun shines
- make head or tail of
- make headway
- make heavy weather
- make history
- make inroads into
- make it
- make it hot for
- make it one's business
- make it snappy
- make it up
- make it with
- make light of
- make like
- make little of
- make love
- make mincemeat of
- make mischief
- make much of
- make my day
- make no bones about
- make no difference
- make no mistake
- make nothing of
- make off
- make one's bed and lie in it
- make one's blood boil
- make one's blood run cold
- make one's day
- make one's ears burn
- make oneself at home
- make oneself scarce
- make one's flesh creep
- make one's hair stand on end
- make one's head spin
- make one sick
- make one's mark
- make one's mouth water
- make one's peace with
- make one's point
- make one's way
- make or break
- make out
- make out like a bandit
- make over
- make peace
- make ready
- make rounds
- make sail
- make sense
- make short work of
- make someone look good
- make something of
- make sport of
- make stick
- make sure
- make the bed
- make the best of it
- make the dust fly
- make the grade
- make the most of
- make the rounds
- make the scene
- make the sparks fly
- make time
- make tracks
- make up
- make up for lost time
- make up one's mind
- make up to
- make use of
- make waves
- make way
- make whoopee
- make with
- absence makes the heart grow fonder
- all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
- can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear
- can't make head or tail of
- kiss and make up
- many hands make light work
- might makes right
- on the make
- practice makes perfect
- put in (make) an appearance
- put the make on
- run for it, make a
- that makes two of us
- two wrongs do not make a right
- what makes one tick
Also see undermade.