Definition of


  1. (noun, cognition) a recognizable kind
    what make of car is that?
  2. (noun, act) the act of mixing cards haphazardly
  3. (verb, social) engage in
    make an effort
    do research
    do nothing
    make revolution
  4. (verb, change) give certain properties to something
    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. (verb, creation) make or cause to be or to become
    create a furor
  6. (verb, communication) cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
    My children finally got me to buy a computer
    My wife made me buy a new sofa
  7. (verb, creation) give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
    make a stir
    cause an accident
  8. (verb, creation) create or manufacture a man-made product
    The company has been making toys for two centuries
  9. (verb, cognition) make, formulate, or derive in the mind
    draw a conclusion
    draw parallels
    make an estimate
    What do you make of his remarks?
  10. (verb, creation) compel or make somebody or something to act in a certain way
    Heat makes you sweat
  11. (verb, creation) create by artistic means
    Schoenberg created twelve-tone music
    Picasso created Cubism
    Auden made verses
  12. (verb, possession) earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
    She earns a lot in her new job
    this merger brought in lots of money
    He clears $5,000 each month
  13. (verb, creation) create or design, often in a certain way
    I did this piece in wood to express my love for the forest
  14. (verb, stative) to compose or represent:
    The branches made a roof
    This makes a fine introduction
  15. (verb, motion) reach a goal, e.g.,
    We made it!
    She may not make the grade
  16. (verb, stative) be or be capable of being changed or made into
    He will make a fine father
  17. (verb, creation) make by shaping or bringing together constituents
    make a cake
    make a wall of stones
  18. (verb, creation) perform or carry out
    make a move
    make advances
    make a phone call
  19. (verb, creation) make by combining materials and parts
    Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer
  20. (verb, change) change from one form into another
    make lead into gold
    make clay into bricks
  21. (verb, body) act in a certain way so as to acquire
    make enemies
  22. (verb, social) charge with a function; charge to be
    She was made president of the club
  23. (verb, possession) achieve a point or goal
    The Brazilian team got 4 goals
    She made 29 points that day
  24. (verb, motion) reach a destination, either real or abstract
    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. (verb, cognition) institute, enact, or establish
  26. (verb, social) carry out or commit
    commit a faux-pas
  27. (verb, social) form by assembling individuals or constituents
  28. (verb, creation) organize or be responsible for
    have, throw, or make a party
    give a course
  29. (verb, change) put in order or neaten
    make up a room
  30. (verb, motion) head into a specified direction
    We made for the mountains
  31. (verb, body) have a bowel movement
  32. (verb, stative) undergo fabrication or creation
  33. (verb, stative) be suitable for
  34. (verb, stative) add up to
  35. (verb, stative) amount to
  36. (verb, stative) constitute the essence of
  37. (verb, perception) appear to begin an activity
    She made as if to say hello to us
  38. (verb, motion) proceed along a path
    make one's way into the forest
  39. (verb, motion) reach in time
  40. (verb, creation) gather and light the materials for
  41. (verb, creation) prepare for eating by applying heat
    can you make me an omelette?
    fix breakfast for the guests, please
  42. (verb, contact) induce to have sex
    Did you score last night?
    Harry made Sally
  43. (verb, communication) assure the success of
  44. (verb, communication) represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like
  45. (verb, cognition) consider as being
  46. (verb, cognition) calculate as being
  47. (verb, change) cause to be enjoyable or pleasurable
  48. (verb, change) favor the development of
  49. (verb, change) develop into
  50. (verb, body) behave in a certain way
  51. (verb, body) eliminate urine

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Antonyms of Make

break, unmake

Alternate forms of Make

Derivations: make, maker, making

Hyponyms: access, actualise, actualize, actuate, add, arouse, assemble, bear, beat, beget, blast, bootleg, bottom out, breast, breed, bring, bring about, bring forth, bring home, bring up, build, burn, bushwhack, call down, call forth, cantilever, catch up, cause, channelise, channelize, chelate, chop, choreograph, churn out, clap together, clap up, claw, clear, cleave, come through, compel, compile, compose, concoct, confect, conjure, conjure up, construct, cook up, cooper, copy, corduroy, create, create by mental act, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, create mentally, create verbally, culminate, custom-make, customise, customize, cut, decide, deglaze, derive, design, determine, devil, direct, distil, distill, do, dress, dress out, drive, dry-wall, dummy, dummy up, dung, educe, effect, effectuate, eke out, elaborate, elicit, encourage, engender, enkindle, erect, escallop, establish, evoke, exaggerate, extract, extrude, fabricate, facilitate, fashion, father, film, film-make, find, fire, flambe, force, forge, form, frame, frame up, froth, fudge together, generate, get, get at, get through, give, give rise, go through the motions, grind, groin, gross, ground, have, impel, incite, incorporate, influence, initiate, inspire, instigate, institute, invoke, jostle, keep, kick up, kindle, laminate, lard, lay down, lead, leave, let, lock, machine, make, make for, make over, manufacture, mark, mold, mother, motivate, move, multiply, obligate, oblige, occasion, offset, organise, organize, originate, output, overdo, overproduce, pay, peak, persuade, piece, pioneer, play, preassemble, precook, prefabricate, prepare, preserve, press, print, procreate, produce, profit, prompt, proof, propel, provoke, publish, pulsate, pulse, puncture, put forward, put on, put out, put together, put up, raise, rake in, rake off, re-create, realise, realize, rear, rebuild, reconstruct, recreate, redo, refashion, regenerate, regulate, remake, rename, render, reproduce, reshuffle, reshuffling, return, revet, riffle, run aground, scale, scallop, scrape, set, set up, shape, shell, short, short-circuit, shovel in, sire, slap together, smelt, solicit, spawn, spume, squeeze out, stale, start, stir, strike, style, suborn, substantiate, suds, summit, surmount, tack, tack together, tailor-make, take home, throw together, top, top out, track, turn a profit, turn in, turn out, twine, underproduce, wattle, wet, whip up, whomp up, work, wreak, write, yield

Hypernyms: accomplish, achieve, acquire, act, add up, alter, amount, appear, appoint, approximate, arrive at, assemble, assure, attain, be, become, behave, cause, change, charge, clean up, come, commit, comprise, consider, constitute, create, create by mental act, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, create mentally, develop, direct, do, egest, eliminate, ensure, estimate, excrete, execute, form, gain, gather, gauge, get, get together, go across, go through, grow, guarantee, guess, head, hit, insure, judge, kind, look, make, make up, modify, neaten, number, pass, perform, perpetrate, persuade, play, pull, rack up, reach, reckon, regard, reordering, represent, score, secure, see, seem, sort, square away, straighten, straighten out, tally, tidy, tidy up, total, variety, view

Origin of the word Make

  1. O.E. macian, from W.Gmc. *makojanan (cf. O.S. makon, O.Fris. makia "to build, make," M.Du. maken, O.H.G. mahhon, Ger. machen), from PIE *mag- "to knead, mix, make" (see may). Sense evolution probably is via prehistoric houses built of mud. Gradually replaced the main O.E. word, gewyrcan (see work). Meaning "to arriv… more
  2. "match, mate, companion" (now archaic or dial.), from O.E. gemaca, from P.Gmc. *gamakon-, related to gem?ca "one of a pair, mate, consort," gem?cc "well-matched, suitable," macian "to make" (see make (v.)). more

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