Meaning of MAKE in English


I. ˈmāk verb

( made ˈmād ; mak·ing )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English macian; akin to Old High German mahhōn to prepare, make, Greek magēnai to be kneaded, Old Church Slavic mazati to anoint, smear

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb


a. obsolete : behave , act

b. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

made to go


a. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

made trouble for us

b. : to cause to exist, occur, or appear : create

make a disturbance

c. : to favor the growth or occurrence of

haste make s waste

d. : to fit, intend, or destine by or as if by creating

was made to be an actor


a. : to bring into being by forming, shaping, or altering material : fashion

make a dress

b. : compose , write

make verses

c. : to lay out and construct

make a road

4. : to frame or formulate in the mind

make plans

5. : to put together from components : constitute

houses made of stone


a. : to compute or estimate to be

b. : to form and hold in the mind

make no doubt of it


a. : to assemble and set alight the materials for (a fire)

b. : to set in order

make beds

c. : prepare , fix

make dinner

d. : to shuffle (a deck of cards) in preparation for dealing

8. : to prepare (hay) by cutting, drying, and storing


a. : to cause to be or become

made them happy

make s it possible

b. : appoint

made him bishop


a. : enact , establish

make laws

b. : to execute in an appropriate manner

make a will

c. : set , name

make a price


a. chiefly dialect : shut

the doors are made against you — Shakespeare

b. : to cause (an electric circuit) to be completed


a. : to conclude as to the nature or meaning of something

what do you make of this development?

b. : to regard as being

not the fool some make him


a. : to carry out (an action indicated or implied by the object)

make war

make a speech

make a detour

b. : to perform with a bodily movement

make a sweeping gesture


a. : to produce as a result of action, effort, or behavior with respect to something

make a mess of the job

tried to make a thorough job of it

b. archaic : to turn into another language by translation

15. : to cause to act in a certain way : compel

make her give it back

16. : to cause or assure the success or prosperity of

can either make you or break you


a. : to amount to in significance

make s a great difference

b. : to form the essential being of

clothes make the man

c. : to form by an assembling of individuals

make a quorum

d. : to count as

that make s the third time you've said it


a. : to be or be capable of being changed or fashioned into

rags make the best paper

b. : to develop into

she will make a fine judge

c. : form 6b


a. : reach , attain

made port before the storm

— often used with it

you'll never make it that far

b. : to gain the rank of

make major

c. : to gain a place on or in

make the team

the story made the papers

d. : to succeed in providing or obtaining

make bail

20. : to gain (as money) by working, trading, or dealing

make a living


a. : to act so as to earn or acquire

make s friends easily

make s poor grades

b. : to score in a game or sport

make a field goal

make a birdie

c. : to convert (a split) into a spare in bowling

d. : to succeed in holing

make a putt


a. : to fulfill (a contract) in a card game

b. : to win a trick with (a card)


a. : to include in a route or itinerary

make New York on the return trip

— often used with it

make it to the party

b. : catch 6b

made the bus just in time

24. : to persuade to consent to sexual intercourse : seduce

25. : to provide the most enjoyable or satisfying experience of

meeting the star of the show really made our day

intransitive verb

1. archaic : to compose poetry


a. : behave , act

b. : to begin or seem to begin a certain action

made as though to hand it to me

c. : to act so as to be or to seem to be

make merry

d. slang : to play a part — usually used with like

3. : set out , head

made after the fox

made straight for home

4. : to increase in height or size

the tide is making now

5. : to reach or extend in a certain direction

6. : to have considerable effect

courtesy make s for safer driving

7. : to undergo manufacture or processing

the silk make s up beautifully

- make a face

- make a mountain out of a molehill

- make away with

- make believe

- make bold

- make book

- make common cause

- make do

- make ends meet

- make eyes

- make friends with

- make fun of

- make good

- make hay

- make head

- make it

- make light of

- make love

- make much of

- make nice

- make no bones

- make one's mark

- make public

- make sail

- make shift

- make sport of

- make the grade

- make the most of

- make the scene

- make time

- make tracks

- make use of

- make water

- make waves

- make way

- make with

II. noun

Date: 14th century


a. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

b. : brand 4a

2. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

men of his make are rare


a. : the action of producing or manufacturing

b. : the actual yield or amount produced over a specified period : output

4. : the act of shuffling cards ; also : turn to shuffle

- on the make

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.