[ mey-king ]
/ ˈmeɪ kɪŋ /



    in the making, in the process of being made; developing or evolving; growing: Our space scientists see history in the making.

Origin of making

before 1150; Middle English; Old English macung. See make1, -ing1
Related formsself-mak·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-making

  • The West makes much of its self-made men, and points to them with pride, whenever the self-making includes material gain.

    The Main Chance|Meredith Nicholson
  • He was the self-made man who had shed the traces of self-making.

  • We should have liked a grand piano, and a self-making ice box, and a servant, and an automobile right off!

British Dictionary definitions for self-making


/ (ˈmeɪkɪŋ) /


  1. the act of a person or thing that makes or the process of being made
  2. (in combination)watchmaking
be the making of to cause the success of
in the making in the process of becoming or being madea politician in the making
something made or the quantity of something made at one time
make-up; composition
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