What does make mean?

Definitions for make

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word make.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. brand, makenoun

    a recognizable kind

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

  2. shuffle, shuffling, makeverb

    the act of mixing cards haphazardly

  3. make, doverb

    engage in

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

  4. make, getverb

    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, createverb

    make or cause to be or to become

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

  6. induce, stimulate, cause, have, get, makeverb

    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, makeverb

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

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

  8. produce, make, createverb

    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, makeverb

    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. makeverb

    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, makeverb

    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 inverb

    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, makeverb

    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, makeverb

    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 toverb

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

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

  16. makeverb

    be or be capable of being changed or made into

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

  17. makeverb

    make by shaping or bringing together constituents

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

  18. makeverb

    perform or carry out

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

  19. construct, build, makeverb

    make by combining materials and parts

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

  20. makeverb

    change from one form into another

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

  21. makeverb

    act in a certain way so as to acquire

    "make friends"; "make enemies"

  22. name, nominate, makeverb

    charge with a function; charge to be

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

  23. have, get, makeverb

    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, gainverb

    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, makeverb

    institute, enact, or establish

    "make laws"

  26. makeverb

    carry out or commit

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

  27. makeverb

    form by assembling individuals or constituents

    "Make a quorum"

  28. hold, throw, have, make, giveverb

    organize or be responsible for

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

  29. make, make upverb

    put in order or neaten

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

  30. take, makeverb

    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, makeverb

    have a bowel movement

    "The dog had made in the flower beds"

  32. makeverb

    undergo fabrication or creation

    "This wool makes into a nice sweater"

  33. makeverb

    be suitable for

    "Wood makes good furniture"

  34. makeverb

    add up to

    "four and four make eight"

  35. makeverb

    amount to

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

  36. makeverb

    constitute the essence of

    "Clothes make the man"

  37. makeverb

    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, workverb

    proceed along a path

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

  39. makeverb

    reach in time

    "We barely made the plane"

  40. makeverb

    gather and light the materials for

    "make a fire"

  41. cook, fix, ready, make, prepareverb

    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, makeverb

    induce to have sex

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

  43. makeverb

    assure the success of

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

  44. make, pretend, make believeverb

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

    "She makes like an actress"

  45. makeverb

    consider as being

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

  46. makeverb

    calculate as being

    "I make the height about 100 feet"

  47. makeverb

    cause to be enjoyable or pleasurable

    "make my day"

  48. makeverb

    favor the development of

    "Practice makes the winner"

  49. makeverb

    develop into

    "He will make a splendid father!"

  50. makeverb

    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 waterverb

    eliminate urine

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Makenoun

    Form; structure; nature.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Those mercurial spirits, which were only lent the earth to shew men their folly in admiring it, possess delights of a nobler make and nature, which antedate immortality. Joseph Glanvill.

    Upon the decease of a lion the beasts met to chuse a king: several put up, but one was not of make for a king; another wanted brains or strength. Roger L'Estrange.

    Is our perfection of so frail a make,
    As ev’ry plot can undermine and shake. Dryden.

    Several lies are produced in the loyal ward of Portsoken of so feeble a make, as not to bear carriage to the Royal Exchange. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 7.

    It may be with superior souls as with gigantick, which exceed the due proportion of parts, and, like the old heroes of that make, commit something near extravagance. Alexander Pope.

  2. Makenoun

    Companion; favourite friend.

    Etymology: maca, gemaca, Saxon.

    The elf therewith astonied,
    Upstarted lightly from his looser make,
    And his unsteady weapons ’gan in hand to take. Fa. Qu.

    Bid her therefore herself soon ready make,
    To wait on love amongst his lovely crew;
    Where every one that misseth then her make,
    Shall be by him amearst with penance due. Edmund Spenser.

    For since the wise town,
    Has let the sports down,
    Of May games and morris,
    The maids and their makes,
    At dancing and wakes,
    Had their napkins and posies,
    And the wipers for their noses. Ben Jonson, Owls.

  3. To Makeverb

    Etymology: macan , Saxon; machen, German; maken, Dutch.

    Let us make man in our image. Gen. i. 26.

    The Lord hath made all things for himself. Prov. xvi. 4.

    Remember’st thou
    Thy making, while the maker gave thee being. John Milton.

    He fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf. Exod. xxxii. 4.

    God hath made of one blood all nations of men. Acts.

    We have no other measure, save one of the moon, but are artificially made out of these by compounding or dividing them. William Holder, on Time.

    One of my fellows had the speed of him;
    Who, almost dead for breath, had scarcely more
    Than would make up his message. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The heav’n, the air, the earth, and boundless sea,
    Make but one temple for the deity. Edmund Waller.

    A pint of salt of tartar, exposed unto a moist air, will make far more liquor than the former measure will contain. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. ii.

    There lavish nature, in her best attire,
    Pours forth sweet odours, and alluring sights;
    And art with her contending, doth aspire
    T’ excel the natural with made delights. Edmund Spenser.

    She may give so much credit to her own laws, as to make their sentence weighter than any bare and naked conceit to the contrary. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    If I suspect without cause, why then make sport at me; then let me be your jest. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Thine enemies make a tumult. Psal. lxxxiii. 2.

    When their hearts were merry they said, Call for Sampson, that he may make us sport. Judg. xvi. 25.

    Give unto Solomon a perfect heart to build the palace for the which I have made provision. 1 Chron. xxix. 19.

    Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead. Mark v. 39.

    He maketh intercession to God against Israel. Rom. xi. 2.

    Thou hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and hast made thee a name. Jer. xxxii. 20.

    Should we then make mirth? Ezek. xxi. 10.

    Joshua made peace, and made a league with them to let them live. Josh. ix. 15.

    Both combine
    To make their greatness by the fall of man. Dryden.

    Egypt, mad with superstition grown,
    Makes gods of monsters. Nahum Tate, Juvenal.

    Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour. Prov. xix. 4.

    A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. Prov. xviii. 16.

    The child who is taught to believe any occurrence to be a good or evil omen, or any day of the week lucky, hath a wide inroad made upon the soundness of his understanding. Isaac Watts.

    Though she appear honest to me, yet in other places she enlargeth her mirth so far, that there is shrewd construction made of her. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    She made haste, and let down her pitcher. Gen. xxiv. 46.

    Thou hast made an atonement for it. Exod. xxix. 36.

    I will judge his house for ever, because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. 1 Sam. iii. 13.

    We made prayer unto our God. Neh. iv. 9.

    He shall make a speedy riddance of all in the land. Zeph.

    They all began to make excuse. Luke xiv. 18.

    It hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor. Rom. xv. 26.

    Make full proof of thy ministry. 2 Tim. iv. 5.

    The Venetians, provoked by the Turks with divers injuries, both by sea and land, resolved, without delay, to make war likewise upon him. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    Such musick as before was never made,
    But when of old the sons of morning sung. John Milton.

    All the actions of his life were ripped up and surveyed, and all malicious glosses made upon all he had said, and all he had done. Edward Hyde.

    Says Carneades, since neither you nor I love repetitions, I shall not now make any of what else was urged against Themistius. Boyle.

    The Phœnicians made claim to this man as theirs, and attributed to him the invention of letters. Matthew Hale.

    What hope, O Pantheus! whether can we run?
    Where make a stand? and what may yet be done? Dryd.

    While merchants make long voyages by sea
    To get estates, he cuts a shorter way. John Dryden, Juv.

    To what end did Ulysses make that journey? Æneas undertook it by the express commandment of his father’s ghost. Dryden’s Dedication to the Æneis.

    He that will make a good use of any part of his life, must allow a large portion of it to recreation. John Locke.

    Make some request, and I,
    Whate’er it be, with that request comply. Addison.

    Were it permitted, he should make the tour of the whole system of the sun. Scriblerus Club , Mart. Scrib.

    I will make your cities waste. Lev. xxvi. 31.

    Her husband hath utterly made them void on the day he heard them. Num. xxx. 12.

    When he had made a convenient room, he set it in a wall, and made it fast with iron. Wisd. xiii. 15.

    Jesus came into Cana, where he made the water wine. John iv. 46.

    He was the more inflamed with the desire of battle with Waller, to make even all accounts. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    I bred you up to arms, rais’d you to power,
    Permitted you to fight for this usurper;
    All to make sure the vengeance of this day,
    Which even this day has ruin’d. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    In respect of actions within the reach of such a power in him, a man seems as free as it is possible for freedom to make him. John Locke.

    I have made thee a god to Pharaoh. Exod. vii. 1.

    Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel. Gen. xlvi. 29.

    Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? Exod. ii.

    Ye have troubled me to make me to slink among the inhabitants. Gen. xxxiv. 30.

    He made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant. Phil. ii. 7.

    He should be made manifest to Israel. John i. 31.

    Though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 1 Cor. ix. 19.

    He hath made me a by-word of the people, and aforetime
    I was as a tabret. Job xvii. 6.

    Make ye him drunken; for he magnified himself against the Lord. Jer. xlviii. 26.

    Joseph was not willing to make her a publick example. Matt. i. 19.

    By the assistance of this faculty we have all those ideas in our understandings, which, though we do not actually contemplate, yet we can bring in sight, and make appear again, and be the objects of our thoughts. John Locke.

    The Lacedemonians trained up their children to hate drunkenness by bringing a drunken man into their company, and shewing them what a beast he made of himself. Isaac Watts.

    Those who are wise in courts
    Make friendships with the ministers of state,
    Nor seek the ruins of a wretched exile. Nicholas Rowe.

    Deep in a cave the sybil makes abode. Dryden.

    He hath given her his monumental ring, and thinks himself made in the unchaste composition. William Shakespeare.

    This is the night,
    That either makes me, or foredoes me quite. William Shakespeare.

    Each element his dread command obeys,
    Who makes or ruins with a smile or frown,
    Who as by one he did our nation raise,
    So now he with another pulls us down. Dryden.

    The loss was private that I made;
    ’Twas but myself I lost; I lost no legions. Dryden.

    He accuseth Neptune unjustly, who makes shipwreck a second time. Francis Bacon.

    She was in his company at Page’s house, and what they made there I know not. William Shakespeare.

    I will neither plead my age nor sickness in excuse of the faults which I have made. Dryden.

    That the soul in a sleeping man should be this moment busy a thinking, and the next moment in a waking man not remember those thoughts, would need some better proof than bare assertion to make it be believed. John Locke.

    They should be made to rise at their early hour; but great care should be taken in waking them, that it be not done hastily. John Locke.

    He may ask this civil question, friend!
    What dost thou make a shipboard? to what end? Dryden.

    Gomez; what mak’st thou here with a whole brotherhood of city-bailiffs? John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    He’s in for a commodity of brown pepper; of which he made five marks ready money. William Shakespeare.

    Did I make a gain of you by any of them I sent. 2 Cor.

    If Auletes, who was a negligent prince, made so much, what must now the Romans make, who govern it so wisely. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    If it is meant of the value of the purchase, it was very high; it being hardly possible to make so much of land, unless it was reckoned at a very low price. Arbuthnot.

    Acosta recordeth, they that sail in the middle can make no land of either side. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. vi.

    I’ve made the port already,
    And laugh securely at the lazy storm. Dryden.

    They ply their shatter’d oars
    To nearest land, and make the Libyan shoars. Dryden.

    Did I but purpose to embark with thee,
    While gentle zephyrs play in prosp’rous gales;
    But would forsake the ship, and make the shoar,
    When the winds whistle, and the tempests roar? Matthew Prior.

    The wind came about, and settled in the west for many days, so as we could make little or no way. Francis Bacon.

    I have made way
    To some Philistian lords, with whom to treat. John Milton.

    Now mark a little why Virgil is so much concerned to make this marriage, it was to make way for the divorce which he intended afterwards. John Dryden, Æn.

    Rugged rocks are interpos’d in vain;
    He makes his way o’er mountains, and contemns
    Unruly torrents, and unforded streams. John Dryden, Virg.

    The stone wall which divides China from Tartary, is reckoned nine hundred miles long, running over rocks, and making way for rivers through mighty arches. William Temple.

    When thou makest a dinner, call not thy friends but the poor. Luke xiv. 12.

    He shall make amends for the harm that he hath done. Lev.

    You must make a great difference between Hercules's labours by land, and Jason's voyage by sea for the golden fleece. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    Whate'er they catch,
    Their fury makes an instrument of war. John Dryden, Æn.

    It is not requisite they should destroy our reason, that is, to make us rely on the strength of nature, when she is least able to relieve us. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iv.

    Seeing they judge this to make nothing in the world for them. Richard Hooker, b. ii.

    You conceive you have no more to do than, having found the principal word in a concordance, introduce as much of the verse as will serve your turn, though in reality it makes nothing for you. Jonathan Swift.

    He is not that goose and ass that Valla would make him. Thomas Baker, Reflections on Learning.

    Our desires carry the mind out to absent good, according to the necessity which we think there is of it, to the making or encrease of our happiness. John Locke.

    Whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person. Gal. ii. 16.

    Lye not erect but hollow, which is in the making of the bed; or with the legs gathered up, which is the more wholesome. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    Some undeserved fault
    I'll find about the making of the bed. William Shakespeare.

    They mow fern green, and burning of them to ashes, make the ashes up into balls with a little water. John Mortimer.

    He will not let slip any advantage to make away him whose just title, enobled by courage and goodness, may one day shake the seat of a never-secure tyranny. Sidney, b. ii.

    The duke of Clarence, lieutenant of Ireland, was, by practice of evil persons about the king his brother, called thence away, and soon after, by sinister means, was clean made away. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    He may have a likely guess,
    How these were they that made away his brother. William Shakespeare.

    Trajan would say of the vain jealousy of princes that seek to make away those that aspire to their succession, that there was never king that did put to death his successor. Francis Bacon.

    My mother I slew at my very birth, and since have made away two of her brothers, and happily to make way for the purposes of others against myself. John Hayward.

    Give poets leave to make themselves away. Wentworth Dillon.

    What multitude of infants have been made away by those who brought them into the world. Addison.

    Debtors, When they never mean to pay, To some friend make all away. Edmund Waller.

    They made no account but that the navy should be absolutely master of the seas. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    The same who have made free with the greatest names in church and state, and exposed to the world the private misfortunes of families. Dunciad.

    The grand master, guarded with a company of most va- liant knights, drove them out again by force, and made good the place. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    When he comes to make good his confident undertaking, he is fain to say things that agree very little with one another. Boyle.

    I'll either die, or I'll make good the place. Dryden.

    As for this other argument, that by pursuing one single theme they gain an advantage to express, and work up, the passions, I wish any example he could bring from them could make it good. John Dryden, on dramatick Poesy.

    I will add what the same author subjoins to make good his foregoing remark. John Locke, on Education.

    This letter doth make good the friar's words. William Shakespeare.

    They made light of it, and went their ways. Matt. xxii. 5.

    How happy each of the sexes would be, if there was a window in the breast of every one that makes or receives love. Joseph Addison, Guardian, № 106.

    A hundred pound or two, to make merry withal? William Shakespeare.

    The king, to make demonstration to the world, that the proceedings against Sir William Stanley, imposed upon him by necessity of state, had not diminished the affection he bare to his brother, went to Latham, to make merry with his mother and the earl. Francis Bacon, Henry VIIth.

    A gentleman and his wife will ride to make merry with his neighbour, and after a day those two go to a third; in which progress they encrease like snowballs, till through their burthensome weight they break. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwall.

    The king hearing of their adventure, suddenly falls to take pride in making much of them, extolling them with infinite praises. Sidney, b. ii.

    The bird is dead
    That we have made so much on! William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    It is good discretion not to make too much of any man at the first. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    The easy and the lazy make much of the gout; and yet making much of themselves too, they take care to carry it presently to bed, and keep it warm. William Temple.

    That they should have knowledge of the languages and affairs of those that lie at such a distance from them, was a thing we could not tell what to make of. Francis Bacon.

    I past the summer here at Nimmeguen, without the least remembrance of what had happened to me in the spring, till about the end of September, and then I began to feel a pain I knew not what to make of, in the same joint of my other foot. William Temple.

    There is another statue in brass of Apollo, with a modern inscription on the pedestal, which I know not what to make of. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    I desired he would let me see his book: he did so, smiling: I could not make any thing of it. Tatler.

    Upon one side of the pillar were huge pieces of iron sticking out, cut into strange figures, which we knew not what to make of. Gulliver's Travels.

    I am astonished, that those who have appeared against this paper have made so very little of it. Addison.

    Makes she no more of me than of a slave? Dryden.

    Xaycus was wonderfully beloved, and made of, by the Turkish merchants, whose language he had learned. Richard Knolles.

    Widows, who have tried one lover,
    Trust none again till th' have made over. Hudibras, p. iii.

    The wise betimes make over their estates.
    Make o'er thy honour by a deed of trust,
    And give me seizure of the mighty wealth. Dryden.

    The second mercy made over to us by the second covenant, is the promise of pardon. Henry Hammond.

    Age and youth cannot be made over: nothing but time can take away years, or give them. Collier.

    My waist is reduced to the depth of four inches by what I have already made over to my neck. Joseph Addison, Guard.

    Moor, to whom that patent was made over, was forced to leave off coining. Jonathan Swift.

    Make out the rest,—I am disorder'd so,
    I know not farther what to say or do. John Dryden, Indian Emp.

    Antiquaries make out the most ancient medals from a letter with great difficulty to be discerned upon the face and reverse. Henry Felton, on the Classicks.

    It may seem somewhat difficult to make out the bills of fare for some suppers. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    There is no truth which a man may more evidently make out to himself, than the existence of a God. John Locke.

    Though they are not self-evident principles, yet what may be made out from them by a wary deduction, may be depended on as certain and infallible truths. John Locke.

    Men of wit and parts, but of short thoughts and little meditation, are apt to distrust every thing for fiction that is not the dictate of sense, or made out immediately to their senses. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    We are to vindicate the just providence of God in the government of the world, and to endeavour, as well as we can, upon an imperfect view of things, to make out the beauty and harmony of all the seeming discords and irregularities of the divine administration. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    Scaliger hath made out, that the history of Troy was no more the invention of Homer than of Virgil. Dryden.

    In the passages from our own divines, most of the reasonings which make out both my propositions are already suggested. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    I dare engage to make it out, that, instead of contributing equal to the landed men, they will have their full principal and interest at six per Cent. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

    They made as sure of health and life, as if both of them were at their dispose. Dryden.

    But whether marriage bring joy or sorrow,
    Make sure of this day, and hang to-morrow. Dryden.

    How will the farmer be able to make up his rent at quarter-day? John Locke.

    This kind of comprehension in scripture being therefore received, still there is no doubt how far we are to proceed by collection before the full and complete measure of things necessary be made up. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    I knew when seven justices could not make up a quarrel. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land. Ezek.

    These are the lineaments of this vice of flattery, which sure do together make up a face of most extreme deformity. Government of the Tongue.

    He is to encounter an enemy made up of wiles and stratagems; an old serpent, and a long experienced deceiver. Robert South, Sermons.

    Zeal should be made up of the largest measures of spiritual love, desire, hope, hatred, grief, indignation. Thomas Sprat.

    Oh he was all made up of love and charms;
    Whatever maid could wish, or man admire. Addison.

    Harlequin's part is made up of blunders and absurdities. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    Vines, figs, oranges, almonds, olives, myrtles, and fields of corn, make up the most delightful little landskip imaginable. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Old mould'ring urns, racks, daggers, and distress,
    Make up the frightful horror of the place. Samuel Garth.

    The parties among us are made up on one side of moderate whigs, and on the other of presbyterians. Jonathan Swift.

    A catapotium is a medicine swallowed solid, and most commonly made up in pills. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    Whatsoever, to make up the doctrine of man's salvation, is added as in supply of the scripture's insufficiency, we reject it. Richard Hooker, b. ii.

    I borrowed that celebrated name for an evidence to my subject, that so what was wanting in my proof might be made up in the example. Joseph Glanvill, Scep.

    Thus think the crowd, who, eager to engage,
    Take quickly fire, and kindle into rage;
    Who ne'er consider, but without a pause
    Make up in passion what they want in cause. Dryden.

    If they retrench any the smaller particulars in their ordinary expence, it will easily make up the halfpenny a-day which we have now under consideration. Joseph Addison, Spect.

    This wisely she makes up her time,
    Mis-spent when youth was in its prime. George Granville.

    There must needs be another state to make up the inequalities of this, and to salve all irregular appearances. Francis Atterbury.

    If his romantick disposition transport him so far as to expect little or nothing from this, he might however hope, that the principals would make it up in dignity and respect. Jonathan Swift.

    The reasons you allege, do more conduce
    To the hot passion of distemper'd blood,
    Than to make up a free determination
    'Twixt right and wrong. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cressida.

    Though all at once cannot
    See what I do deliver out to each,
    Yet I can make my audit up, that all
    From me do back receive the flow'r of all,
    And leave me but the bran. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    He was to make up his accounts with his lord, and by an easy undiscoverable cheat he could provide against the impending distress. John Rogers, Sermons.

    Is not the lady Constance in this troop?
    —I know she is not; for this match made up,
    Her presence would have interrupted much. William Shakespeare.

    On Wednesday the general account is made up and printed, and on Thursday published. John Graunt, Bill of Mortality.

    This life is a scene of vanity, that soon passes away, and affords no solid satisfaction but in the consciousness of doing well, and in the hopes of another life: this is what I can say upon experience, and what you will find to be true when you come to make up the account. John Locke.

  4. To Makeverb

    Oh me, lieutenant! what villains have done this?
    —— I think, that one of them is hereabouts,
    And cannot make away. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    I do beseech your majesty make up,
    Lest your retirement do amaze your friends. William Shakespeare.

    The earl of Lincoln resolved to make on where the king was, to give him battle, and marched towards Newark. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    There made forth to us a small boat, with about eight persons in it. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    Warily provide, that while we make forth to that which is better, we meet not with that which is worse. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    A wonderful erroneous observation that maketh about, is commonly received contrary to experience. Francis Bacon.

    Make on, upon the heads
    Of men, struck down like piles, to reach the lives
    Of those remain and stand. Ben Jonson, Cataline.

    The Moors, terrified with the hideous cry of the soldiers making toward land, were easily beaten from the shore. Richard Knolles.

    When they set out from mount Sinai they made northward unto Rishmah. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. vi.

    Some speedy way for passage must be found;
    Make to the city by the postern gate. Dryden.

    The bull
    His easier conquest proudly did forego;
    And making at him with a furious bound,
    From his bent forehead aim’d a double wound. Dryden.

    Too late young Turnus the delusion found
    Far on the sea, still making from the ground. Dryden.

    A man of a disturbed brain seeing in the street one of those lads that used to vex him, stepped into a cutler’s shop, and seizing on a naked sword made after the boy. John Locke.

    Seeing a country gentleman trotting before me with a spaniel by his horse’s side, I made up to him. Joseph Addison, Freehold.

    The French king makes at us directly, and keeps a king by him to set over us. Addison.

    A monstrous boar rusht forth; his baleful eyes
    Shot glaring fire, and his stiff-pointed bristles
    Rose high upon his back; at me he made,
    Whetting his tusks. Edmund Smith, Phædra and Hippolitus.

    Whatsoever makes nothing to your subject, and is improper to it, admit not unto your work. Dryden.

    Blinded he is by the love of himself to believe that the right is wrong, and wrong is right, when it makes for his own advantage. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

    Where neither the evidence of any law divine, nor the strength of any invincible argument, otherwise found out by the light of reason, nor any notable publick inconvenience doth make against that which our own laws ecclesiastical have instituted for the ordering of these affairs; the very authority of the church itself sufficeth. Richard Hooker.

    That which should make for them must prove, that men ought not to make laws for church regiment, but only keep those laws which in scripture they find made. Richard Hooker.

    It is very needful to be known, and maketh unto the right of the war against him. Edmund Spenser.

    Let us follow after the things which make for peace. Rom.

    Perkin Warbeck finding that time and temporizing, which, whilst his practices were covert, made for him, did now, when they were discovered, rather make against him, resolved to try some exploit upon England. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    I observed a thing that may make to my present purpose. Boyle.

    It makes to this purpose, that the light conserving stones in Italy must be set in the sun for some while before they retain light. Kenelm Digby, on Bodies.

    What avails it me to acknowledge, that I have not been able to do him right in any line; for even my own confession makes against me. John Dryden, Ded. to the Æn.

    Antiquity, custom, and consent, in the church of God, making with that which law doth establish, are themselves most sufficient reasons to uphold the same, unless some notable publick inconvenience enforce the contrary. Richard Hooker.

    Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled. Josh. viii. 15.

    It is the unanimous opinion of your friends, that you make as if you hanged yourself, and they will give it out that you are quite dead. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of John Bull.

    The women of Greece were seized with an unaccountable melancholy, which disposed several of them to make away with themselves. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 231.

    Compare with indifferency these disparities of times, and we shall plainly perceive, that they make for the advantage of England at this present time. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    None deny there is a God, but those for whom it maketh that there were no God. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    I was assur’d, that nothing was design’d
    Against thee but safe custody and hold;
    That made for me, I knew that liberty
    Would draw thee forth to perilous enterprizes. John Milton.

    Have you got a supply of friends to make up for those who are gone? Jonathan Swift, to Pope.


  1. make

    Make generally refers to the action of creating, producing, or constructing something, typically by combining or transforming materials, components, or ideas. It involves the process of bringing something into existence or giving shape to an object, concept, or outcome. Making often requires skill, effort, and intentionality to achieve a desired result or purpose. This term can be applied to various domains, including manufacturing, art, craftsmanship, cooking, and problem-solving.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Makenoun

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

  2. Makeverb

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

  3. Makeverb

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

  4. Makeverb

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

  5. Makeverb

    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. Makeverb

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

  7. Makeverb

    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. Makeverb

    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. Makeverb

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

  10. Makeverb

    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. Makeverb

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

  12. Makeverb

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

  13. Makeverb

    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. Makeverb

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

  15. Makeverb

    to be engaged or concerned in

  16. Makeverb

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

  17. Makeverb

    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. Makeverb

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

  19. Makeverb

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

  20. Makeverb

    to increase; to augment; to accrue

  21. Makeverb

    to compose verses; to write poetry; to versify

  22. Makenoun

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

  23. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. makeverb

    Creating a mental age from kinetic energy. 1.) form something by putting parts together or combining substance; construct; create.

    I make my own definite words to capitalize the navigation of the mind.

    Etymology: Connect

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on April 7, 2024  

  2. make

    To create.

    They did make a cake as they loved to cook together.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. MAKE

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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

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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. Penny Nance:

    Concerned Women for America strongly believe people of faith have to step forward and make a commitment, concerned Women for America fear God more than Concerned Women for America fear man and I think Concerned Women for America’s what Governor Huckabee is trying to say.

  2. The United:

    I'd like to make a deal right now, i just say they're not ready.

  3. Eliana Espinosa:

    Right now we don't make too much money, so if she loses her insurance, I would end up having to stop going to college so that I can get a job to help pay for her medical expenses, my mom is really important for me because she was there for me through my entire sickness.

  4. Butler:

    Authority intoxicates, And makes mere sots of magistrates; The fumes of it invade the brain, And make men giddy, proud, and vain; By this the fool commands the wise, The noble with the base complies, The sot assumes the rule of wit, And cowards make the base submit.

  5. Detroit Police Chief James Craig:

    We suport free speech, we support social justice, but are we encouraging, we make reckless statements like that, to create criminal behavior? is she truly representing the people, or is she representing a fringe group?

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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
  • 製作Chinese

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