What does Make mean?

Definitions for Make

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Make.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. brand, make(noun)

    a recognizable kind

    "there's a new brand of hero in the movies now"; "what make of car is that?"

  2. shuffle, shuffling, make(verb)

    the act of mixing cards haphazardly

  3. make, do(verb)

    engage in

    "make love, not war"; "make an effort"; "do research"; "do nothing"; "make revolution"

  4. make, get(verb)

    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"

  5. make, create(verb)

    make or cause to be or to become

    "make a mess in one's office"; "create a furor"

  6. induce, stimulate, cause, have, get, make(verb)

    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"

  7. cause, do, make(verb)

    give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

    "cause a commotion"; "make a stir"; "cause an accident"

  8. produce, make, create(verb)

    create or manufacture a man-made product

    "We produce more cars than we can sell"; "The company has been making toys for two centuries"

  9. draw, make(verb)

    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?"

  10. make(verb)

    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"

  11. create, make(verb)

    create by artistic means

    "create a poem"; "Schoenberg created twelve-tone music"; "Picasso created Cubism"; "Auden made verses"

  12. gain, take in, clear, make, earn, realize, realise, pull in, bring in(verb)

    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"

  13. do, make(verb)

    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"

  14. form, constitute, make(verb)

    to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"

    "The branches made a roof"; "This makes a fine introduction"

  15. reach, make, get to, progress to(verb)

    reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"

    "We made it!"; "She may not make the grade"

  16. make(verb)

    be or be capable of being changed or made into

    "He makes a great host"; "He will make a fine father"

  17. make(verb)

    make by shaping or bringing together constituents

    "make a dress"; "make a cake"; "make a wall of stones"

  18. make(verb)

    perform or carry out

    "make a decision"; "make a move"; "make advances"; "make a phone call"

  19. construct, build, make(verb)

    make by combining materials and parts

    "this little pig made his house out of straw"; "Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer"

  20. make(verb)

    change from one form into another

    "make water into wine"; "make lead into gold"; "make clay into bricks"

  21. make(verb)

    act in a certain way so as to acquire

    "make friends"; "make enemies"

  22. name, nominate, make(verb)

    charge with a function; charge to be

    "She was named Head of the Committee"; "She was made president of the club"

  23. have, get, make(verb)

    achieve a point or goal

    "Nicklaus had a 70"; "The Brazilian team got 4 goals"; "She made 29 points that day"

  24. reach, make, attain, hit, arrive at, gain(verb)

    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"

  25. lay down, establish, make(verb)

    institute, enact, or establish

    "make laws"

  26. make(verb)

    carry out or commit

    "make a mistake"; "commit a faux-pas"

  27. make(verb)

    form by assembling individuals or constituents

    "Make a quorum"

  28. hold, throw, have, make, give(verb)

    organize or be responsible for

    "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course"

  29. make, make up(verb)

    put in order or neaten

    "make the bed"; "make up a room"

  30. take, make(verb)

    head into a specified direction

    "The escaped convict took to the hills"; "We made for the mountains"

  31. stool, defecate, shit, take a shit, take a crap, ca-ca, crap, make(verb)

    have a bowel movement

    "The dog had made in the flower beds"

  32. make(verb)

    undergo fabrication or creation

    "This wool makes into a nice sweater"

  33. make(verb)

    be suitable for

    "Wood makes good furniture"

  34. make(verb)

    add up to

    "four and four make eight"

  35. make(verb)

    amount to

    "This salary increase makes no difference to my standard of living"

  36. make(verb)

    constitute the essence of

    "Clothes make the man"

  37. make(verb)

    appear to begin an activity

    "He made to speak but said nothing in the end"; "She made as if to say hello to us"

  38. make, work(verb)

    proceed along a path

    "work one's way through the crowd"; "make one's way into the forest"

  39. make(verb)

    reach in time

    "We barely made the plane"

  40. make(verb)

    gather and light the materials for

    "make a fire"

  41. cook, fix, ready, make, prepare(verb)

    prepare for eating by applying heat

    "Cook me dinner, please"; "can you make me an omelette?"; "fix breakfast for the guests, please"

  42. seduce, score, make(verb)

    induce to have sex

    "Harry finally seduced Sally"; "Did you score last night?"; "Harry made Sally"

  43. make(verb)

    assure the success of

    "A good review by this critic will make your play!"

  44. make, pretend, make believe(verb)

    represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like

    "She makes like an actress"

  45. make(verb)

    consider as being

    "It wasn't the problem some people made it"

  46. make(verb)

    calculate as being

    "I make the height about 100 feet"

  47. make(verb)

    cause to be enjoyable or pleasurable

    "make my day"

  48. make(verb)

    favor the development of

    "Practice makes the winner"

  49. make(verb)

    develop into

    "He will make a splendid father!"

  50. make(verb)

    behave in a certain way

    "make merry"

  51. make, urinate, piddle, puddle, micturate, piss, pee, pee-pee, make water, relieve oneself, take a leak, spend a penny, wee, wee-wee, pass water(verb)

    eliminate urine

    "Again, the cat had made on the expensive rug"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Make(noun)

    a companion; a mate; often, a husband or a wife

  2. Make(verb)

    to cause to exist; to bring into being; to form; to produce; to frame; to fashion; to create

  3. Make(verb)

    to form of materials; to cause to exist in a certain form; to construct; to fabricate

  4. Make(verb)

    to produce, as something artificial, unnatural, or false; -- often with up; as, to make up a story

  5. Make(verb)

    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

  6. Make(verb)

    to execute with the requisite formalities; as, to make a bill, note, will, deed, etc

  7. Make(verb)

    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

  8. Make(verb)

    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

  9. Make(verb)

    to put a desired or desirable condition; to cause to thrive

  10. Make(verb)

    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

  11. Make(verb)

    to cause to appear to be; to constitute subjectively; to esteem, suppose, or represent

  12. Make(verb)

    to require; to constrain; to compel; to force; to cause; to occasion; -- followed by a noun or pronoun and infinitive

  13. Make(verb)

    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

  14. Make(verb)

    to compose, as parts, ingredients, or materials; to constitute; to form; to amount to

  15. Make(verb)

    to be engaged or concerned in

  16. Make(verb)

    to reach; to attain; to arrive at or in sight of

  17. Make(verb)

    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

  18. Make(verb)

    to proceed; to tend; to move; to go; as, he made toward home; the tiger made at the sportsmen

  19. Make(verb)

    to tend; to contribute; to have effect; -- with for or against; as, it makes for his advantage

  20. Make(verb)

    to increase; to augment; to accrue

  21. Make(verb)

    to compose verses; to write poetry; to versify

  22. Make(noun)

    structure, texture, constitution of parts; construction; shape; form

  23. Origin: [OE. maken, makien, AS. macian; akin to OS. makn, OFries. makia, D. maken, G. machen, OHG. mahhn to join, fit, prepare, make, Dan. mage. Cf. Match an equal.]


  1. Make

    In software development, Make is a utility that automatically builds executable programs and libraries from source code by reading files called makefiles which specify how to derive the target program. Though integrated development environments and language-specific compiler features can also be used to manage a build process, Make remains widely used, especially in Unix.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Make

    māk, v.t. 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.—v.i. to tend or move: to contribute: (B.) to feign or pretend:—pa.t. and pa.p. māde.—n. form or shape: structure, texture.—v.i. Make′-believe′, to pretend, feign.—n. a mere pretence.—ns. Make′-peace (Shak.), a peace-maker; Mak′er, one who makes: the Creator: a poet; Make′shift, something done or used to serve a shift or turn: something used only for a time.—adj. having the character of a temporary resource.—ns. Make′-up, the way anything is arranged: an actor's materials for personating a part: (print.) the arrangement of composed types into columns or pages, as in imposition; Make′-weight, that which is thrown into a scale to make up the weight: something of little value added to supply a deficiency; Mak′ing, the act of forming: structure: form.—Make account of (see Account); Make a figure, to be conspicuous; Make after, to follow or pursue; Make amends, to render compensation or satisfaction; Make as if, to act as if, to pretend that; Make at, to make a hostile movement against; Make away, to put out of the way, to destroy; Make away with, to squander; Make believe (see Believe); Make bold (see Bold); Make for, to move toward, to tend to the advantage of—so in B.; Make free with, to treat freely or without ceremony; Make good, to maintain, to justify, to fulfil; Make head against, to oppose successfully; Make light of (see Light); Make little of, to treat as insignificant; Make love to (see Love); Make much of, to treat with fondness, to cherish, to foster; Make no doubt, to have no doubt, to be confident; Make of, to understand by, to effect: to esteem; Make off with, to run away with; Make one's way, to proceed: to succeed; Make out, to discover: to prove: to furnish: to succeed; Make over, to remake, reconstruct: to transfer; Make pace, to increase the speed; Make sail, to increase the quantity of sail: to set sail; Make sure, to be certain of; Make sure of, to consider as certain, to secure to one's self; Make the most of, to use to the best advantage; Make up, to fabricate: to feign: to collect into one: to complete, supplement: to assume a particular form of features: to determine: to reckon: to make good: to repair: to harmonise, adjust; Make up for, to compensate; Make up to, to approach: to become friendly. [A.S. macian; Ger. machen.]

  2. Make

    māk, n. (Spens.) a mate, consort, equal.—adj. Make′less (Shak.), without a make or mate. [A.S. ge-maca; Ice. maki, a mate.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Make' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #107

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Make' in Written Corpus Frequency: #145

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Make' in Verbs Frequency: #9

How to say Make in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Make in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Make in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Make in a Sentence

  1. Patrick Tobias:

    Make a right here.

  2. Danny Thomas:

    Make it a good day.

  3. Nikos Kapios:

    If he doesn't make it.

  4. Dean Riesner, Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry in "Sudden Impact", 1983:

    Go ahead, make my day.

  5. Mohammed Dowara:

    We just have to make do.

Images & Illustrations of Make

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Translations for Make

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  • maak, vorm, produseer, doenAfrikaans
  • መስራትAmharic
  • صنع, فعلArabic
  • зрабі́ць, рабі́цьBelarusian
  • ferCatalan, Valencian
  • udělat, ustlat, tvořit, vyrábět, přimět, značka, donutit, stavět, činit, stlát, vytvářet, dělat, přinutitCzech
  • gorfodi, creu, cynhyrchu, awgrymu, dehongliWelsh
  • gøre, fremstille, fabrikat, udføre, mærke, lave, få til, skabeDanish
  • machen, zwingen, interpretieren, bringen, Fabrikat, lassen, Marke, produzieren, bauenGerman
  • μάρκα, καταλαβαίνω, κατασκευάζω, φτιάχνω, κάνω, καταφέρνωGreek
  • markoEsperanto
  • hacer, producir, marca, obligar, formarSpanish
  • ساختنPersian
  • merkki, tulkita, tehdä, luoda, tunnistaa, tuottaa, teettää, rakentaa, saada, pakottaa, ajatella, malli, ollaFinnish
  • gagner, marque, faire, rendreFrench
  • tinke, meitsje, dwaan litte, grutmeitsje, fertsjinje, foarmjeWestern Frisian
  • tabhair ar, déanIrish
  • dèan, càirichScottish Gaelic
  • facerGalician
  • גרם, בנה, הכריח, עשהHebrew
  • बनानाHindi
  • készít, csinálHungarian
  • դարձնել, մեկնաբանել, ստեղծել, հարկադրել, պատրաստել, շինել, -եցն-, -ցն-, կազմել, մակնիշ, սարքել, անել, -ացն-, հասկանալ, լինել, դրդել, արտադրել, ստիպելArmenian
  • marca, fare, rendereItalian
  • 製, させる, 作る, メーク, 解釈, 成し遂げる, 創造, 推測, 製造, 構成, 成す, 創る, 強制, 生産, 銘柄, 引き起こす, 建設, [[原因]]に[[なる]]Japanese
  • 만들다, 하다Korean
  • distingo, facio, ago, struo, creo, cogo, compello, producoLatin
  • hangaMāori
  • maken, doen, brengen, denken, vormen, merk, interpreterenDutch
  • czynić, tworzyć, zmuszać, konstruować, sprawiać, robić, markaPolish
  • marca, interpretar, fazer, construirPortuguese
  • faceRomanian
  • де́лать, изгото́вить, прину́дить, создава́ть, изгота́вливать, ма́рка, созда́ть, изготовля́ть, принужда́ть, сде́лать, заставля́ть, заста́витьRussian
  • nareditiSlovene
  • märke, göraSwedish
  • виготовля́ти, роби́ти, вигото́вити, зроби́тиUkrainian
  • بناناUrdu
  • làmVietnamese

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