What does makeshift mean?

Definitions for makeshift

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. makeshift, stopgap, make-do(adj)

    something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency

  2. improvised, jury-rigged, makeshift(adj)

    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"


  1. makeshift(n.)

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


  1. makeshift(Noun)

    A temporary, usually insubstantial, substitution for something else.

  2. makeshift(Adjective)

    Made to work or suffice; improvised; substituted.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Makeshift(noun)

    that with which one makes shift; a temporary expedient

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  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. Los Angeles:

    I was surprised to see how much it affected me as soon as I got here and saw these makeshift memorials, my kids grew up with Kobe Bryant and Kobe Bryant meant so much to all three of my children. So I sort of experienced all that along with my kids.

  2. Wan Junaidi:

    Those were makeshift camps, and have nothing to do with this one.

  3. Chancellor Werner Faymann:

    Then we must secure our borders even more, to protect internal borders is a makeshift solution. But we have to be prepared.

  4. Irwin Redlener:

    It's an extremely makeshift, temporary answer to a very complex problem, it doesn't work for long, living in a motel, especially a crowded motel. It is a terrible situation for a young child.

  5. Yuri Lapshin:

    The hydrotechnical structure was built in a makeshift way, as I surmise, in violation of all conceivable and inconceivable standards.

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Translations for makeshift

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  • provisionalCatalan, Valencian
  • Notbehelf, Notlösung, behelfsmäßig, provisorisch, ProvisoriumGerman
  • provisional, apaño, improvisaciónSpanish
  • hätävara -, tilapäis-, hätävaraFinnish
  • de fortuneFrench
  • sealachScottish Gaelic
  • fortinHaitian Creole
  • di fortuna, ripiego, improvvisazione, improvvisatoItalian
  • provisorisch, noodoplossingDutch
  • nødløsning, improvisertNorwegian
  • prowizoryczny, prowizorkaPolish
  • improvisado, improvisoPortuguese
  • самодельный, временная замена, временное приспособление, временный, импровизированныйRussian

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    heighten or intensify
    • A. inspire
    • B. signify
    • C. obligate
    • D. observe

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