- The definition of make is the style or way in which something is produced.
- An example of make is the manufacturer of a specific car.
- An example of make is a solid foundation of a building.
- Make is defined as to produce something.
An example of make is to prepare a tray of lasagna.
Cooking sauce in order to make lasagne.
transitive verbmade, making
- to bring into being; specif.,
- to form by shaping or putting parts or ingredients together, physically or mentally; build, construct, fabricate, fashion, create, compose, devise, formulate, etc.
- to fit or destine, as if by fashioning: they were made for each other
- to cause; bring about; produce: to make corrections
- to bring together materials for and start: to make a fire
- to cause to be available; provide: to make change, to make room
- to present for consideration: to make a suggestion
- to bring into a specified condition; specif.,: sometimes used reflexively: make yourself comfortable
- to cause to be or become; specif., to elect or appoint: make her director
- to cause to seem: the portrait makes him an old man
- to prepare by arranging the sheets, blankets, etc.: said of a bed
- to amount to; form as a total: two pints make a quart
- to count as; constitute: this makes his fifth novel
- to turn out to be; have, or prove to have, the essential qualities of: to make a fine leader
- to set up; establish: to make rules
- to get or acquire, as by one's behavior: to make friends
- to get by earning, investing, etc.: to make a fortune
- to cause the success of: that venture made her
- to understand or regard as the meaning (of): what do you make of the poem?
- to estimate to be; regard as: I make the distance about 500 miles
- to do or perform (a specified action); execute; accomplish: to make a quick turn
- to engage in; carry on: to make war
- to deliver (a speech) or utter (remarks, etc.)
- to cause or force: followed by an infinitive without to: make the machine work, make him behave
- to arrive at; reach: the ship made port
- to arrive at in time: to make a train
- to go or travel; traverse: to make 500 miles the first day, to make 90 miles an hour
- Informal to succeed in getting membership in, a position on, the status of, recognition in, etc.: to make the team, to make the headlines
- ☆ Slang to succeed in becoming the lover of; seduce
- Slang to identify or recognize
- Slang to induct, for one's lifetime, into the Mafia: usually used as a participial adj.: a made man
- Archaic to shut (a door) tight
- Card Games
- to win (tricks) or fulfill (one's bid)
- to take a trick with (a specified card)
- to shuffle (the cards)
- Elec. to close (a circuit); effect (a contact)
- Games to score; get as a score
- Law to perform, execute, or sign (a legal document)
Origin of makeMiddle English maken ; from Old English macian, akin to German machen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form maĝ-, to knead, press, stretch from source mason, Classical Greek magis, kneaded mass, paste, dough, mageus, kneader
- to start (to do something): she made to go
- to tend, extend, or point (to, toward, etc.)
- to behave in a specified manner: with a following adjective: make bold, make merry, etc.
- to cause something to be in a specified condition: make ready, make fast, etc.
- to increase in depth or volume; rise or accumulate, as tide, snow, water in a ship, etc.
- to mature: said of hay, etc.
- the act or process of making; esp., manufacture
- the amount made; output, esp. of manufacture
- the way in which something is made; style; build
- type, sort, or brand: with reference to the maker or the place, time, etc. of making: a foreign make of car
- disposition; character; nature: a man of this make
- Slang the act or process of identifying a person, taking fingerprints, etc. in police work: run a make on the suspect
- Elec. the closing of a circuit by making contact
make a fool (or an ass, etc.) of
make a meal onor make a meal of
make as ifor make as as though
make away with
- to steal
- to get rid of
- to eat all of
- to kill
- to head for; go toward
- to charge at; attack
- to tend toward; help effect
- to give or do something as a substitute for; repay or replace
- to fulfill
- to succeed in doing; accomplish
- to be successful
- to prove
- Informal to do or achieve a certain thing
- ☆ Slang to have sexual intercourse (with)
make off with
make or break
- to see or hear with some difficulty but clearly enough to understand
- to understand
- to write out
- to fill out (as a blank form)
- to show or prove to be
- to try to show, affirm, or imply to be
- to succeed; get along
- ☆ Slang
- to kiss and caress as lovers
- to have sexual intercourse
- to change; renovate
- to transfer the ownership of by or as by signing a legal document
- Informal to be demonstrative toward or about
make someone's day☆
make something of
- to find a use for
- to treat as of great importance
- ☆ Informal to make an issue of
- to put together; compose; compound
- to form; constitute
- to invent; create
- to complete by providing what is lacking
- to compensate (for)
- to arrange
- to become friendly again after a disagreement or quarrel
- to settle (an argument or differences) in a friendly manner
- to put on what is required for a role in a play, as a costume, wig, greasepaint, rouge, powder, etc.
- to put cosmetics on
- to resolve or decide (one's mind)
- to select and arrange type, illustrations, etc. for (a book, magazine, page, etc.)
- ☆ Educ. to take again (an examination or course that one has failed) or to take (an examination that one has missed)
make up to
- to use, or do something with, in the way indicated or implied
- to produce or supply: to make with the jokes
on the make☆
- Informal trying to succeed financially, socially, etc., esp. in an aggressive way
- Slang seeking a lover
put the make on
- an equal; peer
- a mate, companion, or spouse
Origin of makeMiddle English ; from Old English gemaca (akin to German gemach, fitting, suitable) ; from base of macian: see make
verbmade made , mak·ing, makes
- To cause to exist or happen; bring about; create: made problems for us; making a commotion.
- To bring into existence by shaping, modifying, or putting together material; construct: make a dress; made a stone wall.
- To form by assembling individuals or constituents: We made a temporary information center using savvy volunteers.
- To change from one form or function to another: make clay into bricks.
- a. To cause to be or become: made her position clear; a decision that made him happy.b. To cause to assume a specified function or role: made her treasurer; made Austin his home.
- a. To cause to act in a specified manner: Heat makes gases expand.b. To compel: made him quit.
- a. To form in the mind: make an estimate.b. To compose: make verses.
- a. To prepare; fix: make dinner.b. To get ready or set in order for use: made the bed.c. To gather and light the materials for (a fire).
- a. To engage in: make war.b. To carry out; perform: make a phone call; make an incision.
- To achieve, produce, or attain: made peace between the two sides; not making sense; didn't make the quota.
- a. To institute or establish; enact: make laws.b. To draw up and execute in a suitable form: make a will.c. To arrange or agree to: make a date.
- a. To arrive at; reach: made Seattle in two hours.b. To reach in time: just made the plane.
- a. To attain the rank or position of: made lieutenant.b. To acquire a place in or on: made the baseball team; made the newspapers.
- a. To gain or earn, as by working: make money.b. To behave so as to acquire: make friends.c. To score or achieve, as in a sport: made a field goal.
- a. To assure the success of: Favorable reviews can make a play.b. To favor the development of: Practice makes a winning team.
- To be suited for: Oak makes strong furniture.
- To develop into: will make a fine doctor.
- a. To draw a conclusion as to the significance or nature of: don't know what to make of the decision.b. To calculate as being; estimate: I make the height 20 feet.c. To consider as being: wasn't the problem some people made it.
- a. To constitute: They make a great team.b. To add up to: Two and two make four.c. To amount to: makes no difference.
- To cover (a distance): made 200 miles before sunset
- 21. To constitute the essence or nature of: Clothes make the man.
- 22. To cause to be especially enjoyable or rewarding: Your being along really made the outing.
- 23. To appear to begin (an action): She made to leave.
- 24. Slang To persuade to have sexual intercourse.
- To act or behave in a specified manner: make merry; make free.
- To begin or appear to begin an action: made as if to shake my hand.
- To cause something to be as specified: make ready; make sure.
- To proceed in a certain direction: made for home; made after the thief.
- Slang To pretend to be; imitate. Used with like: made like a ballerina.
- To undergo fabrication or manufacture: This wool makes up into a warm shawl.
- To rise or accumulate: The tide is making.
- a. The style or manner in which a thing is made: disliked the make of my coat.b. A specific line of manufactured goods, identified by the manufacturer's name or the registered trademark: a famous make of shirt.c. The origin of a product's manufacturing: a bicycle of a French make.
- a. The physical or moral nature of a person: found out what make of man he was.b. The physical nature or build of an animal or person: a horse of a beautiful make.
- Slang Identification of a person or thing, often from information in police records: Did you get a make on the thief?
Origin of makeMiddle English maken, from Old English macian; see mag- in Indo-European roots.
- mak′a·ble, make′a·ble
(third-person singular simple present makes, present participle making, simple past and past participle made)
- (intransitive, now mostly colloquial) To behave, to act.
- To make like a deer caught in the headlights.
- They made nice together, as if their fight never happened.
- He made as if to punch him, but they both laughed and shook hands.
- To create.
- (intransitive) To tend; to contribute; to have effect; with for or against.
- To constitute.
- they make a cute couple
- this makes the third infraction
- one swallow does not a summer make
- (intransitive, construed with of, typically interrogative) To interpret.
- I don’t know what to make of it.
- (usually stressed) To bring into success.
- This company is what made you.
- She married into wealth and so has it made.
- To cause to appear to be; to represent as.
- (second object is a verb) To cause (to do something); to compel (to do something).
- You're making her cry.
- I was made to feel like a criminal.
- (second object is a verb, can be stressed for emphasis or clarity) To force to do.
- The teacher made the student study.
- Don’t let them make you suffer.
- (of a fact) To indicate or suggest to be.
- His past mistakes don’t make him a bad person.
- (of a bed) To cover neatly with bedclothes.
- (US slang) To recognise, identify.
- (colloquial) To arrive at a destination, usually at or by a certain time.
- We should make Cincinnati by 7 tonight.
- (intransitive, colloquial) To proceed (in a direction).
- They made westward over the snowy mountains.
- Make for the hills! It's a wildfire!
- They made away from the fire toward the river.
- To cover (a given distance) by travelling. [from 16th c.]
- To move at (a speed). [from 17th c.]
- the ship could make 20 knots an hour in calm seas
- this baby can make 220 miles an hour
- To appoint; to name.
- (slang) To induct into the Mafia or a similar organization (as a made man).
- (intransitive, colloquial, euphemistic) To defecate or urinate.
- To earn, to gain (money, points, membership or status).
- You have to spend money to make money!
- He made twenty bucks playing poker last night.
- they hope to make a bigger profit
- She makes more than he does, and works longer hours than he does, but she still does most of the house-cleaning.
- He didn't make the choir after his voice changed.
- She made ten points in that game.
- To pay, to cover (an expense); chiefly used after expressions of inability.
- To enact; to establish.
- To develop into; to prove to be.
- She'll make a fine president.
- To form or formulate in the mind.
- make plans
- made a questionable decision
- (often of a car) Brand or kind; often paired with model. syn. transl.
- What make of car do you drive?
- How a thing is made; construction. syn.
- Origin of a manufactured article; manufacture. syn.
- The camera was of German make.
- (uncountable) Quantity produced, especially of materials. syn.
- (dated) The act or process of making something, especially in industrial manufacturing. syn.
- A person's character or disposition. syn.
- (bridge) The declaration of the trump for a hand.
- (physics) The closing of an electrical circuit. syn.
- (computing) A software utility for automatically building large applications, or an implementation of this utility.
- (slang) Recognition or identification, especially from police records or evidence. syn.
- (slang, usually in phrase "easy make") Past or future target of seduction (usually female). syn.
- (slang, military) A promotion.
- A home-made project
From Middle English maken, from Old English macian (“to make, build, work”), from Proto-Germanic *makōną (“to make, build, work”), from Proto-Indo-European *mag- (“to knead, mix, make”). Cognate with Scots mak (“to make”), Saterland Frisian moakje (“to make”), West Frisian maaikjen (“to make”), meitsje (“to make”), and oanmeitsje (“to act, make”), Dutch maken (“to make”), Dutch Low Saxon maken (“to make”) and German Low German maken (“to make”), and German machen (“to make, do”). Related to match.
- (dialectal) Mate; a spouse or companion.
From Middle English make, imake, from Old English ġemaca (“a mate, an equal, companion, peer”), from Proto-Germanic *gamakô (“companion, comrade”), from Proto-Indo-European *maǵ- (“to knead, oil”). Reinforced by Old Norse maki (“an equal”). Cognate with Icelandic maki (“spouse”), Swedish make (“spouse, husband”), Danish mage (“companion, fellow, mate”). See also match.
- (Scotland, Ireland, Northern England, now rare) A halfpenny. [from 16th c.]
make - Computer Definition
A developer's "build" utility that causes a program to be compiled, tested, packaged and deployed. It executes a file of commands (the "makefile") that identifies the files in the project and the tasks to be performed. Stemming from the Unix world, variations for Windows and other platforms have been developed. See build and Ant.