making Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the act that results in something coming to be
- the devising of plans
- the fashioning of pots and pans
- the making of measurements
- it was already in the making
noun an attribute that must be met or complied with and that fits a person for something
- her qualifications for the job are excellent
- one of the qualifications for admission is an academic degree
- she has the makings of fine musician
noun (usually plural) the components needed for making or doing something
- the recipe listed all the makings for a chocolate cake
verb engage in
- make love, not war
- make an effort
- do research
- do nothing
- make revolution
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
verb make or cause to be or to become
- make a mess in one's office
- create a furor
verb cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
get; make; induce; have; cause; stimulate.
- 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
verb give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
do; make; cause.
- cause a commotion
- make a stir
- cause an accident
verb create or manufacture a man-made product
make; produce; create.
- We produce more cars than we can sell
- The company has been making toys for two centuries
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?
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
verb create by artistic means
- create a poem
- Schoenberg created twelve-tone music
- Picasso created Cubism
- Auden made verses
verb earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
earn; bring in; clear; pull in; take in; gain; realise; realize; make.
- 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
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
verb to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"
constitute; make; form.
- The branches made a roof
- This makes a fine introduction
verb reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"
progress to; make; reach; get to.
- We made it!
- She may not make the grade
verb be or be capable of being changed or made into
- He makes a great host
- He will make a fine father
verb make by shaping or bringing together constituents
- make a dress
- make a cake
- make a wall of stones
verb perform or carry out
- make a decision
- make a move
- make advances
- make a phone call
verb make by combining materials and parts
make; build; construct.
- this little pig made his house out of straw
- Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer
verb change from one form into another
- make water into wine
- make lead into gold
- make clay into bricks
verb act in a certain way so as to acquire
- make friends
- make enemies
verb charge with a function; charge to be
nominate; make; name.
- She was named Head of the Committee
- She was made president of the club
verb achieve a point or goal
make; have; get.
- Nicklaus had a 70
- The Brazilian team got 4 goals
- She made 29 points that day
verb reach a destination, either real or abstract
hit; make; reach; attain; arrive at; gain.
- 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
verb institute, enact, or establish
lay down; make; establish.
verb carry out or commit
- make a mistake
- commit a faux-pas
verb form by assembling individuals or constituents
verb organize or be responsible for
make; hold; throw; have; give.
- hold a reception
- have, throw, or make a party
- give a course
verb put in order or neaten
make up; make.
- make the bed
- make up a room
verb head into a specified direction
- The escaped convict took to the hills
- We made for the mountains
verb have a bowel movement
take a shit; crap; defecate; make; stool; ca-ca; take a crap; shit.
- The dog had made in the flower beds
verb undergo fabrication or creation
- This wool makes into a nice sweater
verb be suitable for
- Wood makes good furniture
verb add up to
verb amount to
- This salary increase makes no difference to my standard of living
verb constitute the essence of
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
verb proceed along a path
- work one's way through the crowd
- make one's way into the forest
verb reach in time
verb gather and light the materials for
verb prepare for eating by applying heat
cook; ready; fix; make; prepare.
- Cook me dinner, please
- can you make me an omelette?
- fix breakfast for the guests, please
verb induce to have sex
make; score; seduce.
- Harry finally seduced Sally
- Did you score last night?
- Harry made Sally
verb assure the success of
- A good review by this critic will make your play!
verb represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like
make; pretend; make believe.
- She makes like an actress
verb consider as being
- It wasn't the problem some people made it
verb calculate as being
- I make the height about 100 feet
verb cause to be enjoyable or pleasurable
verb favor the development of
- Practice makes the winner
verb develop into
- He will make a splendid father!
verb behave in a certain way
verb eliminate urine
wee-wee; spend a penny; wee; piddle; micturate; pee-pee; make; pass water; make water; relieve oneself; take a leak; pee; urinate; puddle; piss.
- Again, the cat had made on the expensive rug
- The act of one who makes; workmanship; fabrication; construction; as, this is cloth of your own making; the making of peace or war was in his power.
- Composition, or structure.
- a poem.Obs.
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- That which establishes or places in a desirable state or condition; the material of which something may be made; as, early misfortune was the making of him.
- External appearance; from. Obs.
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