make (māk) verb
made (mād), making, makes
1. To cause to exist or happen; bring about; create: made problems for him; making a commotion.
2. To bring into existence by shaping, modifying, or putting together material; construct: make a dress; made a wall of stones.
3. To form by assembling individuals or constituents: make a quorum.
4. To change from one form or function to another: make clay into bricks.
5. 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 Chicago his home.
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.
1. To act or behave in a specified manner: make merry; make free.
2. To begin or appear to begin an action: made as if to shake my hand.
3. To cause something to be as specified: make ready; make sure.
4. To proceed in a certain direction: made for home; made after the thief.
5. Slang. To pretend to be; imitate. Used with like: made like a ballerina.
6. To undergo fabrication or manufacture: This wool makes up into a warm shawl.
7. To rise or accumulate: The tide is making.
1. The act or process of making; manufacturing.
2. The style or manner in which a thing is made: disliked the make of her coat.
3. The amount produced, especially the output of a factory.
4. A specific line of manufactured goods, identified by the manufacturer's name or the registered trademark: a famous make of shirt.
5. The physical or moral nature of a person; character or disposition: found out what make of man he was.
6. Slang. Identification of a person or thing, often from information in police records: Did you get a make on the assailant?
1. To have or cause to have a particular effect or result: small details that make for comfort.
2. To help promote; further: makes for better communication.
To depart in haste; run away. make out
1. To discern or see, especially with difficulty: I could barely make out the traffic signs through the rain.
2. To understand: could not make out what she was saying.
3. To write out; draw up: made out the invoices.
4. To fill in (a form, for example).
5. Informal. To imply or suggest: You make me out to be a liar.
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.
1. To redo; renovate.
2. To change or transfer the ownership of, usually by means of a legal document: made over the property to her son.
1. To put together; construct or compose: make up a prescription.
2. To constitute; form: One hundred years make up a century.
3. a. To alter one's appearance for a role on the stage, as with a costume and cosmetics. b. To apply cosmetics.
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
1. To bring into use: a flirt making with the eyes.
2. To put forth; produce: always making with the jokes.
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
1. To carry off; steal.
2. To use up or consume.
3. To kill or destroy.
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.
1. To carry out successfully: He made good his escape.
2. To fulfill: She made good her promise.
3. To make compensation for; make up for: made good the loss.
4. To succeed: made good as a writer.
To turn to one's advantage: The candidate's opponents made hay of the scandal.
1. Informal. To be successful: finally made it as an actor.
2. Slang. To have sexual intercourse.
make light of
To treat as unimportant: He made light of his illness.
1. To engage in amorous caressing.
2. To engage in sexual intercourse.
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
1. To begin a voyage.
2. To set sail.
make the grade
To measure up to a given standard.
make the most of
To use to the greatest advantage.
make the scene Slang
1. To put in an appearance: made the scene at the party.
2. To participate in a specified activity: made the drug scene.
1. To move or travel fast, as in an attempt to compensate for lost time.
2. Slang. To make progress toward attracting: He tried to make time with the new neighbor.
make tracks 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.
1. To give room for passage; move aside.
2. To make progress.
on the make Slang
1. Aggressively striving for financial or social improvement: a young executive on the make.
2. Eagerly seeking a sexual partner.
[Middle English maken, from Old English macian.]