Make meaning

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To cause to exist or happen; bring about; create.

Made problems for us; making a commotion.

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To form by assembling individuals or constituents.

We made a temporary information center using savvy volunteers.

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Make is defined as to produce something.

An example of make is to prepare a tray of lasagna.

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(slang) To persuade to have sexual intercourse.
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To bring into existence by shaping, modifying, or putting together material; construct.

Make a dress; made a stone wall.

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To act or behave in a specified manner.

Make merry; make free.

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(slang) To identify or recognize.
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(slang) To induct, for one's lifetime, into the Mafia.

A made man.

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To begin or appear to begin an action.

Made as if to shake my hand.

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To cause something to be as specified.

Make ready; make sure.

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To proceed in a certain direction.

Made for home; made after the thief.

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(slang) To pretend to be; imitate. Used with like:

Made like a ballerina.

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To undergo fabrication or manufacture.

This wool makes up into a warm shawl.

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(slang) Identification of a person or thing, often from information in police records.

Did you get a make on the thief?

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To bring into being.
  • 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.
    Two lovers who were made for each other, a singer made for stardom.
  • 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 for a ten-dollar bill, to make room.
  • To present for consideration.
    To make a suggestion.
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To bring into a specified condition.
  • To cause to be or become, as by election or appointment.
    make her director.
  • To cause to seem.
    The portrait makes him an old man.

Make yourself comfortable.

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To prepare by arranging the sheets, blankets, etc.
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To turn out to be; have, or prove to have, the essential qualities of.

To make a fine leader.

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To set up; establish.

To make rules.

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To cause the success of.

That venture made her.

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To understand or regard as the meaning (of)

What do you make of the poem?

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To estimate to be; regard as.

I make the distance about 500 miles.

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To deliver (a speech) or utter (remarks, etc.)
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To cause or force.

Make the machine work, make him behave.

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To go or travel; traverse.

To make 500 miles the first day, to make 90 miles an hour.

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(informal) To succeed in getting membership in, a position on, the status of, recognition in, etc.

To make the team, to make the headlines.

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(slang) To succeed in becoming the lover of; seduce.
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(archaic) To shut (a door) tight.
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(elec.) To close (a circuit); effect (a contact)
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To rise or accumulate.

The tide is making.

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(games) To score, get as a score, or execute so as to score.

To make a shot in basketball.

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(law) To perform, execute, or sign (a legal document)
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To start (to do something)

She made to go.

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To tend, extend, or point (to, toward, etc.)
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To behave in a specified manner.

Make bold, make merry, etc.

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To cause something to be in a specified condition.

Make ready, make fast, etc.

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To increase in depth or volume; rise or accumulate, as tide, snow, water in a ship, etc.
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To mature.
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The act or process of making; esp., manufacture.
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The amount made; output, esp. of manufacture.
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The way in which something is made; style; build.
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Type, sort, or brand.

A foreign make of car.

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Disposition; character; nature.

A man of this make.

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(slang) The act or process of identifying a person, taking fingerprints, etc. in police work.

Run a make on a suspect.

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(elec.) The closing of a circuit by making contact.
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An equal; peer.
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A mate, companion, or spouse.
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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.
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(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.

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To create.
  • We made a bird feeder for our yard.
    I'll make a man out of him yet.
  • To write or compose.
    I made a poem for her wedding.
    He made a will.
  • To bring about.
    Make war.
    They were just a bunch of ne'er-do-wells who went around making trouble for honest men.
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(intransitive) To tend; to contribute; to have effect; with for or against.
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They make a cute couple.

This makes the third infraction.

One swallow does not a summer make.

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(intransitive, construed with of, typically interrogative) To interpret.

I don't know what to make of it.

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(usually stressed) To bring into success.

This company is what made you.

She married into wealth and so has it made.

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To cause to appear to be; to represent as.
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(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.

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(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.

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(of a fact) To indicate or suggest to be.

His past mistakes don't make him a bad person.

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(of a bed) To cover neatly with bedclothes.
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(US slang) To recognise, identify.
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(colloquial) To arrive at a destination, usually at or by a certain time.

We should make Cincinnati by 7 tonight.

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(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.

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To cover (a given distance) by travelling. [from 16th c.]
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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.

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To appoint; to name.
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(slang) To induct into the Mafia or a similar organization (as a made man).
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(intransitive, colloquial, euphemistic) To defecate or urinate.
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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.

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To pay, to cover (an expense); chiefly used after expressions of inability.
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To develop into; to prove to be.

She'll make a fine president.

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To form or formulate in the mind.

Make plans.

Made a questionable decision.

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(often of a car) Brand or kind; often paired with model. syn. transl.

What make of car do you drive?

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How a thing is made; construction. syn.
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Origin of a manufactured article; manufacture. syn.

The camera was of German make.

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(uncountable) Quantity produced, especially of materials. syn.
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(dated) The act or process of making something, especially in industrial manufacturing. syn.
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A person's character or disposition. syn.
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(bridge) The declaration of the trump for a hand.
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(physics) The closing of an electrical circuit. syn.
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(computing) A software utility for automatically building large applications, or an implementation of this utility.
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(slang) Recognition or identification, especially from police records or evidence. syn.
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(slang, usually in phrase "easy make") Past or future target of seduction (usually female). syn.
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(slang, military) A promotion.
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A home-made project.
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(dialectal) Mate; a spouse or companion.
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(Scotland, Ireland, Northern England, now rare) A halfpenny. [from 16th c.]
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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.

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To change from one form or function to another.

Make clay into bricks.

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To achieve, produce, or attain.

Made peace between the two sides; not making sense; didn't make the quota.

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To be suited for.

Oak makes strong furniture.

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To develop into.

Will make a fine doctor.

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To cover (a distance).

Made 200 miles before sunset.

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To constitute the essence or nature of.

Clothes make the man.

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To cause to be especially enjoyable or rewarding.

Your being along really made the outing.

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To appear to begin (an action).

She made to leave.

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make a clean breast of
  • To confess fully.
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make a face
  • To distort the features of the face; grimace.
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make a go of
  • To achieve success in:
    Have made a go of the business.
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make away with
  • To carry off; steal.
  • To use up or consume.
  • To kill or destroy.
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make believe
  • To pretend.
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make bold
  • To venture:
    I will not make so bold as to criticize such a scholar.
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make book
  • To accept bets on a race, game, or contest.
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make do
  • To manage to get along with the means available:
    Had to make do on less income.
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make ends meet
  • To manage so that one's means are sufficient for one's needs.
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make eyes
  • To ogle.
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make fun of
  • To mock; ridicule.
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make good
  • To carry out successfully:
    Made good his escape.
  • To fulfill:
    Made good her promise.
  • To make compensation for; make up for:
    Made good the loss.
  • To succeed:
    Made good as a writer.
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make hay
  • To turn to one's advantage:
    The candidate's opponents made hay of the scandal.
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make heads or tails of
  • To understand:
    I couldn't make heads or tails of the report.
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make history
  • To do something memorable or spectacular enough to influence the course of history:
    The first space flight made history.
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make it
  • To achieve a goal; be successful:
    Finally made it as an actor.
  • To have sexual intercourse.
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make light of
  • To treat as unimportant:
    He made light of his illness.
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make light work of
  • To do or accomplish easily.
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make love
  • To engage in amorous caressing.
  • To engage in sexual intercourse.
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make much of
  • To treat as of great importance.
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make nice
  • To resolve a quarrel; make up.
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make no bones about
  • To be forthright and candid about; acknowledge freely:
    They make no bones about their dislike for each other.
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make off with
  • To snatch or steal:
    Made off with the profits.
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make (one's) day
  • To give one great pleasure.
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make (one's) peace with
  • To bring oneself to accept; reconcile oneself to.
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make (one's) way
  • To go forward; advance.
  • To succeed, especially in making a living.
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make sail
  • To begin a voyage.
  • To set sail.
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make sense
  • To be coherent or intelligible:
    An explanation that made sense.
  • To be practical or advisable:
    It makes sense to go now.
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make something of
  • To start a fight or quarrel over.
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make the grade
  • To measure up to a given standard.
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make the most of
  • To use to the greatest advantage.
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(slang) make the scene
  • To put in an appearance:
    Made the scene at the party.
  • To participate in a specified activity:
    Made the drug scene.
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make time
  • To travel speedily.
  • To travel at a specified rate:
    We made good time getting to town.
  • To make progress toward attracting someone:
    Tried to make time with the new neighbor.
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(slang) make tracks
  • To move or leave in a hurry.
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make up (one's) mind
  • To decide between alternatives; come to a definite decision or opinion.
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(slang) make waves
  • To cause a disturbance or controversy.
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make way
  • To give room for passage; move aside.
  • To make progress.
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(slang) on the make
  • Aggressively striving for financial or social improvement:
    A young executive on the make.
  • Eagerly seeking a sexual partner.
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make a fool of
  • to cause to seem a fool (or an ass, etc.)
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make after
  • to chase or follow
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make a meal on
  • to eat as a meal
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make as if
  • to behave as if
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make away with
  • to steal
  • to get rid of
  • to eat all of
  • to kill
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make believe
  • to pretend; act a part
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make someone's day
  • to give pleasure that will be the high point of someone's day
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make do
  • to get along, or manage, with what is available
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make for
  • to head for; go toward
  • to charge at; attack
  • to tend toward; help effect
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make good
  • to give or do something as a substitute for; repay or replace
  • to fulfill
  • to succeed in doing; accomplish
  • to be successful
  • to prove
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make it
  • to accomplish a goal or achieve success
  • to have sexual intercourse (with)
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make like
  • to imitate; impersonate
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make something of
  • to find a use for
  • to treat as of great importance
  • to make an issue of
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make off
  • to go away; run away
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make off with
  • to steal
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make or break
  • to cause the success or failure of
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make out
  • 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
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make over
  • to change; renovate
  • to transfer the ownership of by or as by signing a legal document
  • to be demonstrative toward or about
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make up
  • to put together; compose; compound
  • to form; constitute
  • to invent; create
  • to complete by providing what is lacking
  • to compensate (for)
  • to arrange
  • to select and arrange type, illustrations, etc. for (a book, magazine, page, etc.)
  • to take again (an examination or course that one has failed) or to take (an examination that one has missed)
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make up one's mind
  • to come to a decision
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make up to
  • to flatter, or try to be agreeable to, in order to become friendly with or to be in (someone's) good graces
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(slang) make with
  • to use, or do something with, in the way indicated or implied
  • to produce or supply
    To make with the jokes.
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(slang) on the make
  • trying to succeed financially, socially, etc., esp. in an aggressive way
  • seeking a lover
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put the make on
  • to make sexual advances to
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Origin of make

  • Middle English maken from Old English macian mag- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English maken, from Old English macian (“to make, build, work"), from Proto-Germanic *makōnÄ… (“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.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English make, imake, from Old English Ä¡emaca (“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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin uncertain.

    From Wiktionary