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Definitions of make

  1. earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages; " How much do you make a month in your new job?"; " She earns a lot in her new job"; " this merger brought in lots of money"; " He clears $ 5, 000 each month"
  2. make by combining materials and parts; " this little pig made his house out of straw"; " Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer"
  3. have a bowel movement; " The dog had made in the flower beds"
  4. give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; " cause a commotion"; " make a stir"; " cause an accident"
  5. cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; " The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; " My children finally got me to buy a computer"; " My wife made me buy a new sofa"
  6. to compose or represent:" This wall forms the background of the stage setting"; " The branches made a roof"; " This makes a fine introduction"
  7. prepare for eating by applying heat; " Cook me dinner, please"; " can you make me an omelette?"; " fix breakfast for the guests, please"
  8. create by artistic means; " create a poem"; " Schoenberg created twelve- tone music"; " Picasso created Cubism"; " Auden made verses"
  9. create or design, often in a certain way; " Do my room in blue"; " I did this piece in wood to express my love for the forest"
  10. engage in; " make love, not war"; " make an effort"; " do research"; " do nothing"; " make revolution"
  11. give certain properties to something; " get someone mad"; " She made us look silly"; " He made a fool of himself at the meeting"; " Don't make this into a big deal"; " This invention will make you a millionaire"; " Make yourself clear"
  12. reach a goal, e. g., " make the first team"; " We made it!"; " She may not make the grade"
  13. undergo fabrication or creation; " This wool makes into a nice sweater"
  14. the act of mixing cards haphazardly
  15. act in a certain way so as to acquire; " make friends"; " make enemies"
  16. eliminate urine; " Again, the cat had made on the expensive rug"
  17. change from one form into another; " make water into wine"; " make lead into gold"; " make clay into bricks"
  18. behave in a certain way; " make merry"
  19. put in order or neaten; " make the bed"; " make up a room"
  20. favor the development of; " Practice makes the winner"
  21. charge with a function; charge to be; " She was named Head of the Committee"; " She was made president of the club"
  22. induce to have sex; " Harry finally seduced Sally"; " Did you score last night?"; " Harry made Sally"
  23. develop into; " He will make a splendid father!"
  24. cause to be enjoyable or pleasurable; " make my day"
  25. calculate as being; " I make the height about 100 feet"
  26. consider as being; " It wasn't the problem some people made it"
  27. make, formulate, or derive in the mind; " I draw a line here"; " draw a conclusion"; " draw parallels"; " make an estimate"; " What do you make of his remarks?"
  28. represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like; " She makes like an actress"
  29. assure the success of; " A good review by this critic will make your play!"
  30. compel or make somebody or something to act in a certain way; " People cannot be made to integrate just by passing a law!"; " Heat makes you sweat"
  31. make by shaping or bringing together constituents; " make a dress"; " make a cake"; " make a wall of stones"
  32. organize or be responsible for; " hold a reception"; " have, throw, or make a party"; " give a course"
  33. gather and light the materials for; " make a fire"
  34. perform or carry out; " make a decision"; " make a move"; " make advances"; " make a phone call"
  35. reach a destination, either real or abstract; " We hit Detroit by noon"; " The water reached the doorstep"; " We barely made it to the finish line"; " I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"
  36. reach in time; " We barely made the plane"
  37. proceed along a path; " work one's way through the crowd"; " make one's way into the forest"
  38. head into a specified direction; " The escaped convict took to the hills"; " We made for the mountains"
  39. appear to begin an activity; " He made to speak but said nothing i the end"; " She made a if to say hello to us"
  40. achieve a point or goal; " Nicklaus had a 70"; " The Brazilian team got 4 goals"; " She made 29 points that day"
  41. carry out or commit; " make a mistake"; " commit a faux- pas"
  42. form by assembling individuals or constituents; " Make a quorum"; " The branches made a roof"
  43. constitute the essence of; " Clothes make the man"
  44. amount to; " This salary increase makes no difference to my standard of living"
  45. be or be capable of being changed or made into; " He makes a great host"; " He will make a fine father"
  46. add up to; " four and four make eight"
  47. be suitable for; " Wood makes good furniture"
  48. A companion; a mate; often, a husband or a wife.
  49. To cause to exist; to bring into being; to form; to produce; to frame; to fashion; to create.
  50. To form of materials; to cause to exist in a certain form; to construct; to fabricate.
  51. To bring about; to bring forward; to be the cause or agent of; to effect, do, perform, or execute; -- often used with a noun to form a phrase equivalent to the simple verb that corresponds to such noun; as, to make complaint, for to complain; to make record of, for to record; to make abode, for to abide, etc.
  52. To execute with the requisite formalities; as, to make a bill, note, will, deed, etc.
  53. To gain, as the result of one's efforts; to get, as profit; to make acquisition of; to have accrue or happen to one; as, to make a large profit; to make an error; to make a loss; to make money.
  54. To find, as the result of calculation or computation; to ascertain by enumeration; to find the number or amount of, by reckoning, weighing, measurement, and the like; as, he made the distance of; to travel over; as, the ship makes ten knots an hour; he made the distance in one day.
  55. To put a desired or desirable condition; to cause to thrive.
  56. To cause to be or become; to put into a given state verb, or adjective; to constitute; as, to make known; to make public; to make fast.
  57. To cause to appear to be; to constitute subjectively; to esteem, suppose, or represent.
  58. To become; to be, or to be capable of being, changed or fashioned into; to do the part or office of; to furnish the material for; as, he will make a good musician; sweet cider makes sour vinegar; wool makes warm clothing.
  59. To compose, as parts, ingredients, or materials; to constitute; to form; to amount to.
  60. To be engaged or concerned in.
  61. To reach; to attain; to arrive at or in sight of.
  62. To proceed; to tend; to move; to go; as, he made toward home; the tiger made at the sportsmen.
  63. To increase; to augment; to accrue.
  64. To compose verses; to write poetry; to versify.
  65. Structure, texture, constitution of parts; construction; shape; form.
  66. To reckon.
  67. To produce, as something artificial, unnatural, or false; - often with up; as, to make up a story.
  68. To require; to constrain; to compel; to force; to cause; to occasion; - followed by a noun or pronoun and infinitive.
  69. To act in a certain manner; to have to do; to manage; to interfere; to be active; - often in the phrase to meddle or make.
  70. To tend; to contribute; to have effect; - with for or against; as, it makes for his advantage.
  71. To create; fashion; compose; frame; bring about; prepare for use; obtain for oneself, as friends; to form, as plans; to compute to be; as, I make the amount fifty dollars; to amount to; as, three feet make a yard; raise to rank or dignity; as, his venture will make or break him; score; as, we made ten points in the game; arrive at, near, or in sight of; as, to make port; become; as, a good son makes a good husband; cause to be or become; as, to make him president; to cause to act in a certain manner; as, to make a child obey.
  72. To tend or move; as, he made toward the goal; have effect; as, the power that makes for righteousness; to put something into a specified condition; as, to make ready for a journey; to act in a specified manner; as, to make merry.
  73. Shape; construction; build.
  74. Making.
  75. To fashion, frame, or form: to produce: to bring about: to perform: to force: to render: to represent, or cause to appear to be: to turn: to occasion: to bring into any state or condition: to establish: to prepare: to obtain: to ascertain: to arrive in sight of, to reach: ( B.) to be occupied with, to do.
  76. To tend or move: to contribute: ( B.) to feign or pretend:- pa. t. and pa. p.
  77. Form or shape: structure, texture.
  78. Shape; texture.
  79. To bring into being; produce; create; accomplish.
  80. To force; induce; procure; gain.
  81. To arrive at.
  82. To proceed or tend; contribute.
  83. Structure; shape; product.
  84. Structure; texture; shape.
  85. To create; to frame; to fashion; to compose; to cause to become; to produce or effect; to compel or constrain; to procure; to execute; to establish; to raise to good fortune; to commit; to gain; to collect; to arrive in sight of, as land; to reach; to gain by advance; to provide; to place; to turn; to represent; to induce; to fabricate. To make amends, to make good. To make account of, to esteem. To make away, to kill; to destroy. To make free with, to treat with freedom. To make good, to defend; to accomplish; to make compensation for. To make light of, to consider as of no consequence. To make love, or to make suit, to court. To make merry, to feast; to be jovial. To make much of, to treat with fondness or esteem. To make of, to understand by; to produce from; to account. To make over, to transfer the title of. To make out, to learn; to understand clearly; to prove; to furnish. To make sure of, to consider as certain; to secure to one's possession. To make up, to reconcile; to repair; to supply what is wanting; to compose; to shape; to compensate; to adjust. To make sail, to increase the quantity of sail already extended. To make sternway, to move with the stern foremost. To make water, to leak. To make words, to multiply words.
  86. To tend; to move; to contribute; to rise; to flow toward land. To make as if, to appear. To make away with, to kill; to destroy. To make for, to move toward; to favour. To make against, to tend to injury. To make out, to succeed. To make up, to approach. To make up for, to compensate. To make up with, to settle differences; to become friends. To make with, to concur.
  87. To form; to fashion; to mould; to compel; to produce or effect; to do; to perform; to commit; to cause to have a particular quality; to bring into any state or condition; to raise, as profit; to gain; to reach or arrive at; to proceed; to move; to operate; to contribute.
  88. Form; structure; composition.

Usage examples for make

  1. They can't make me marry him. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  2. He wanted to make sure. – The Pirates of Ersatz by Murray Leinster
  3. You must see what you can make of it. – A Thin Ghost and Others by M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
  4. But I don't like it,- not so much of it; and so I shall make him understand, my dear. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  5. Bain't goin' to make a speech, surely! – Shining Ferry by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  6. Are we going to make him make good? – Cap'n Warren's Wards by Joseph C. Lincoln
  7. Go back to her and make sure." – Supplemental Nights, Volume 1 by Richard F. Burton
  8. What answer could I make? – A Damaged Reputation by Harold Bindloss
  9. The first, 'Kasredin', I could make nothing of. – Greenmantle by John Buchan
  10. I'm here to make it." – The Thunder Bird by B. M. Bower
  11. Why should you make way with yourself? – Twenty-two Goblins by Unknown
  12. Are you going to make trouble? – Walter Sherwood's Probation by Horatio Alger
  13. I can't make her out at all. – Molly Brown's Senior Days by Nell Speed
  14. But I could not make out who they were. – Red Men and White by Owen Wister
  15. I think you could make me just what you want. – The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  16. But that was all he could make her say. – The Indian Drum by William MacHarg Edwin Balmer
  17. You can't make me do it!" – Legacy by James H Schmitz
  18. Nothing could ever make me tell him. – Tess of the Storm Country by Grace Miller White
  19. He's going to make a try for Dutchy's sparklers to- night. – The Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
  20. " I'll make it on one. – Laughing Bill Hyde and Other Stories by Rex Beach
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