6. a. To cause to act in a specified manner: Heat makes gases expand. b. To compel: made him leave.
7. a. To form in the mind: make an estimate. b. To compose: make verses.
8. a. To prepare; fix: make breakfast. b. To get ready or set in order for use: made the bed. c. To gather and light the materials for (a fire).
9. a. To engage in: make war. b. To carry out; perform: make a telephone call; make an incision.
10. To achieve, produce, or attain: made peace between the two factions; not making sense; didn't make the quota.
11. a. To institute or establish; enact: make laws. b. To draw up and execute in a suitable form: make a will.
12. a. To arrive at; reach: made Washington in two hours. b. To reach in time: just made the plane.
13. a. To attain the rank or position of: She made lieutenant. b. To acquire a place in or on: made the basketball team; made the morning papers.
14. 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.
15. a. To assure the success of: A favorable review from him can make a play. b. To favor the development of: Practice makes a winning team.
16. To be suited for: Oak makes strong furniture.
17. To develop into: She will make a fine doctor.
18. 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.
19. a. To constitute: Twenty members make a quorum. b. To add up to: Two and two make four. c. To amount to: makes no difference.
20. To constitute the essence or nature of: Clothes make the man.
21. To cause to be especially enjoyable or rewarding: You made my day.
22. To appear to begin (an action): She made to leave.
23. Slang. To persuade to have sexual intercourse.
6. To undergo fabrication or manufacture: This wool makes up into a warm shawl.
7. To rise or accumulate: The tide is making.
To depart in haste; run away. make out
6. Informal. To try to establish or prove: He made out that he was innocent.
7. To get along in a given way; fare: made out well in business.
8. Slang. a. To neck; pet. b. To have sexual intercourse.
9. Slang. a. To neck; pet. b. To have sexual intercourse.
4. To devise as a fiction or falsehood; invent: made up an excuse.
5. a. To make good (a deficit or lack): made up the difference in the bill. b. To compensate for: make up the lost time.
6. To resolve a quarrel: kissed and made up.
7. To make ingratiating or fawning overtures. Used with to: made up to his friend's boss.
8. To take (an examination or a course) again or at a later time because of previous absence or failure.
9. To set in order: make up a room.
10. Printing. To select and arrange material for: made up the front page.
11. a. To alter one's appearance for a role on the stage, as with a costume and cosmetics. b. To apply cosmetics.
12. a. To make good (a deficit or lack): made up the difference in the bill. b. To compensate for: make up the lost time.
make with Slang
make a clean breast of
To confess fully.
make a face
To distort the features of the face; grimace.
make a go of
To achieve success in: have made a go of the business.
make away with
To venture: I will not make so bold as to criticize such a distinguished scholar.
make book Games
To accept bets on a race, game, or contest.
To manage to get along with the means available: had to make do on less income.
make ends meet
To manage so that one's means are sufficient for one's needs.
make fun of
To mock; ridicule.
To turn to one's advantage: The candidate's opponents made hay of the scandal.
2. Slang. To have sexual intercourse.
make light of
To treat as unimportant: He made light of his illness.
make much of
To treat as of great importance.
make no bones about
To be forthright and candid about; acknowledge freely: They make no bones about their dislike for each other.
make off with
To snatch or steal: made off with the profits.
make sail Nautical
make the grade
To measure up to a given standard.
make the most of
To use to the greatest advantage.
make the scene Slang
To move or leave in a hurry.
make up (one's) mind
To decide between alternatives; come to a definite decision or opinion.
make waves Slang
To cause a disturbance or controversy.
on the make
[Middle English maken, from Old English macian.]