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  1. the act of a person or thing that makes: The making of a violin requires great skill.
  2. structure; constitution; makeup.
  3. the means or cause of success or advancement: to be the making of someone.
  4. Usually makings. capacity or potential: He has the makings of a first-rate officer.
  5. makings,
    1. material of which something may be made: the makings for a tossed salad.
    2. Older Slang.paper and tobacco with which to make a hand-rolled cigarette.
  6. something made.
  7. the quantity made: a making of butter.
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  1. in the making, in the process of being made; developing or evolving; growing: Our space scientists see history in the making.
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Origin of making

before 1150; Middle English; Old English macung. See make1, -ing1
Related formsself-mak·ing, adjective
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Related Words for makings

formulation, building, originating, manufacturing, producing, effecting, fashioning, forging, shaping, creating, concluding, reckoning, computing, completing, aggregating, performing, origination, conception, planning, production

Examples from the Web for makings

Contemporary Examples of makings

Historical Examples of makings

  • "It'll be the makings of the boy," he said to Mrs. Bines in her son's presence.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • You were all spoiling for a fight—and there did seem to be the makings of a beautiful row!

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Now the chance is 97 yours to prove that you have the makings of a man.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • You're not fit for it, lad; you have only the makings of a dominie.

  • He has the makings of a good man, only he has let himself drift so terribly.

British Dictionary definitions for makings


pl n
  1. potentials, qualities, or materialshe had the makings of a leader
  2. Also called: rollings slang the tobacco and cigarette paper used for rolling a cigarette
  3. profits; earnings
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    1. the act of a person or thing that makes or the process of being made
    2. (in combination)watchmaking
  1. be the making of to cause the success of
  2. in the making in the process of becoming or being madea politician in the making
  3. something made or the quantity of something made at one time
  4. make-up; composition
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