- The definition of making is the process of creating, forming or putting together.
An example of making is knitting a scarf.
This woman is making a scarf.
- the act of one that makes or the process of being made; formation, construction, creation, production, composition, manufacture, development, performance, etc.
- the cause or means of success or advancement: an experience that will be the making of him
- something made
- the quantity made at one time
- the material or qualities needed for the making or development of something: to have the makings of a good doctor
- ☆ Informal tobacco and paper for making one's own cigarettes: usually preceded by the
- a. The act of one that makes: the making of a cake; the making of excuses.b. The process of coming into being: trouble in the making.
- The means of gaining success or realizing potential: That job will be the making of you.
- Something that is made, especially a quantity made at one time.
- often makings The abilities or qualities needed for development: You have the makings of a fine teacher.
- makingsa. The material or ingredients needed for making something: all the makings for an apple pie.b. Informal The paper and tobacco for rolling a cigarette.
- Process of growth or development.
- As a child he didn’t seem like a genius in the making.
- Present participle of make.
- Soon (30 years?) we'll be making complete DNA and life in reverse, growing food that only reversed creatures cn eat. - Earliest Usenet use via Google Groups - fa.human-nets, 10 May 1981 09:16-EDT, Robert Elton Maas
Variant of make
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