Make - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |meɪk|  American pronunciation of the word make
Brit.  |meɪk|  British pronunciation of the word make
irregular verb:  p.t. — made  p.p. — made


- a recognizable kind (syn: brand)
what make of car is that?
- the act of mixing cards haphazardly (syn: shuffle, shuffling)


- engage in (syn: do)
make love, not war
make an effort
make revolution
- give certain properties to something (syn: get)
Don't make this into a big deal
This invention will make you a millionaire
- make or cause to be or to become (syn: create)
make a mess in one's office
- cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner (syn: cause, get, have, induce, stimulate)
- give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally (syn: cause, do)
make a stir
- create or manufacture a man-made product (syn: create, produce)
- make, formulate, or derive in the mind (syn: draw)
make an estimate
What do you make of his remarks?
- compel or make somebody or something to act in a certain way
Heat makes you sweat
- create by artistic means (syn: create)
- earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages (syn: bring in, clear, earn, gain, pull in, realize, take in)
How much do you make a month in your new job?
- create or design, often in a certain way (syn: do)
- to compose or represent (syn: constitute, form)
This makes a fine introduction
- reach a goal (syn: reach)
make the first team
She may not make the grade
- be or be capable of being changed or made into
He makes a great host
He will make a fine father
- make by shaping or bringing together constituents
make a dress
make a cake
make a wall of stones
- perform or carry out
make a decision
make a move
make advances
make a phone call
- make by combining materials and parts (syn: build, construct)
- change from one form into another
make water into wine
make lead into gold
make clay into bricks
- act in a certain way so as to acquire
make friends
make enemies
- charge with a function; charge to be (syn: name, nominate)
- achieve a point or goal (syn: get, have)
- reach a destination, either real or abstract (syn: attain, gain, hit, reach)
- institute, enact, or establish (syn: establish, lay down)
make laws
- carry out or commit
make a mistake
- form by assembling individuals or constituents
- organize or be responsible for (syn: give, have, hold, throw)
have, throw, or make a party
- put in order or neaten (syn: make up)
make the bed
make up a room
- head into a specified direction (syn: take)
- have a bowel movement (syn: crap, defecate, shit, stool)
- undergo fabrication or creation
This wool makes into a nice sweater
- be suitable for
Wood makes good furniture
- add up to
four and four make eight
- amount to
This salary increase makes no difference to my standard of living
- constitute the essence of
Clothes make the man
- appear to begin an activity
- proceed along a path (syn: work)
make one's way into the forest
- reach in time
- gather and light the materials for
make a fire
- prepare for eating by applying heat (syn: cook, fix, prepare, ready)
can you make me an omelette?
- induce to have sex (syn: score, seduce)
- assure the success of
A good review by this critic will make your play!
- represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like (syn: pretend)
She makes like an actress
- consider as being
- calculate as being
I make the height about 100 feet
- cause to be enjoyable or pleasurable
make my day
- favor the development of
Practice makes the winner
- develop into
He will make a splendid father!
- behave in a certain way
make merry
- eliminate urine (syn: micturate, pee, piddle, piss, puddle, urinate, wee, wee-wee)

Extra examples

He works in a factory that makes jet engines.

She made the curtains herself.

He collected wood to make a fire.

She used cheese and a mixture of other ingredients to make a delicious sauce.

Someone was making a disturbance.

The car's engine has been making a strange noise lately.

The rock made a dent in the car's fender.

I'm not trying to make trouble.

The typist made a mistake.

I called the doctor's office to make an appointment.

“What make of car is that?” “I think it's a Ford.”

The beaver makes its hole, the bee makes its cell.

This craftsman can make almost anything out of bamboo.

Nissan now makes cars at two plants in Europe.

They are made for each other / one another.

Phrasal verbs

make off  — run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
make out  — detect with the senses
make over  — use again in altered form
make up  — form or compose

Word forms

I/you/we/they: make
he/she/it: makes
present participle: making
past tense: made
past participle: made
singular: make
plural: makes
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