What does makeshift mean?

Definitions for makeshift
ˈmeɪkˌʃɪftmakeshift

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. makeshift, stopgap, make-doadjective

    something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency

  2. improvised, jury-rigged, makeshiftadjective

    done or made using whatever is available

    "crossed the river on improvised bridges"; "the survivors used jury-rigged fishing gear"; "the rock served as a makeshift hammer"

GCIDE

  1. makeshiftnoun

    That with which one makes shift; a temporary expedient, with implication of inferiority to the more usual object or means. James Mill.

Wiktionary

  1. makeshiftnoun

    A temporary, usually insubstantial, substitution for something else.

  2. makeshiftadjective

    Made to work or suffice; improvised; substituted.

    They used the ledge and a few branches for a makeshift shelter.

ChatGPT

  1. makeshift

    Makeshift refers to something that is temporary, quickly made, or used as a substitute because the proper or original item is not available. It's often characterized by being less ideal or less effective than the optimal or desired solution.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Makeshiftnoun

    that with which one makes shift; a temporary expedient

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of makeshift in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of makeshift in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of makeshift in a Sentence

  1. Simon Missiri:

    Many families with young children and the elderly have been left homeless. They are living in makeshift shelters on embankments and river banks, for well over a month people's coping mechanisms have been worn down by successive waves of flooding. Cyclone Komen made a bad situation even worse. There are high levels of vulnerability in these communities which must not be neglected.

  2. Frances Perkins and her colleagues:

    The process of recovery is not a simple one, we can not be satisfied merely with makeshift arrangements which will tide us over the present emergencies. We must devise plans that will not merely alleviate the ills of today, but will prevent, as far as it is humanly possible to do so, their recurrence in the future.

  3. British Prime Minister David Cameron:

    We've got to break the business model of the criminal smugglers and stop the desperate flow of people crammed into makeshift vessels from embarking on a fruitless and perilous journey.

  4. Gulfport Police Department -RRB- Woodman:

    Inside the mini-bus, officers found a bin of mostly perishable food that had been left unrefrigerated. There was a five-gallon bucket near the front door that was designated as a makeshift toilet and a propane tank inside the passenger area. The children had no clothing other than what they were wearing.

  5. Mila Kunis:

    I’m not pleasantly surprised, but I’m awestricken by this group of people. They’re fighting with their own makeshift weapons, it is inspiring.

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Translations for makeshift

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  • provisionalCatalan, Valencian
  • Notlösung, behelfsmäßig, Notbehelf, Provisorium, provisorischGerman
  • provisional, apaño, improvisaciónSpanish
  • hätävara -, tilapäis-, hätävaraFinnish
  • de fortuneFrench
  • sealachScottish Gaelic
  • fortinHaitian Creole
  • improvvisato, improvvisazione, di fortuna, ripiegoItalian
  • noodoplossing, provisorischDutch
  • improvisert, nødløsningNorwegian
  • prowizoryczny, prowizorkaPolish
  • improviso, improvisadoPortuguese
  • самодельный, временная замена, временное приспособление, временный, импровизированныйRussian

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