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definition of the word make

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From Middle English maken, from Old English macian, from Proto-Germanic *makōn, from Proto-Indo-European *maǵ-, ‘to fashion’. Near cognates include German machen and Dutch maken.

to make

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to make (third-person singular simple present makes, present participle making, simple past and past participle made)

  1. To create, construct or produce.
    We made a bird feeder for our yard.
    They hope to make a bigger profit.
    We’ll make a man out of him yet.
  2. To constitute.
    They make a cute couple.
    This makes the third infraction.
  3. (construed with of, typically interrogative) To interpret.
    I don’t know what to make of it.
  4. (usually stressed) To bring into success.
    This company is what made you.
    She married into wealth. She has it made.
  5. (second object is an adjective) To cause to be.
    The citizens made their objections clear.
    This might make you a bit woozy.
  6. (second object is a verb) To cause to do.
    You’re making her cry.
    I was made to feel like a criminal.
  7. (second object is a verb, can be stressed for emphasis or clarity) To force to do.
    The teacher made the student study.
    Don’t let them make you suffer.
  8. (of a fact) To indicate or suggest to be.
    His past mistakes don’t make him a bad person.
  9. (of a person being sought) To recognise (without being recognised in return)
    • 2004, George Nolfi et al, Ocean's Twelve, Warner Bros. Pictures, 0:50:30,
      Linus Caldwell: Well, she just made Danny and Yen, which means in the next 48 hours the three o' your pictures are gonna be in every police station in Europe.
    • 2007 May 4, Andrew Dettmann et al, "Under Pressure", episode 3-22 of Numb3rs, 00:01:16,
      David Sinclair: (walking) Almost at Seventh; I should have a visual any second now. (rounds a corner, almost collides into Kaleed Asan) Damn, that was close.
      Don Eppes: David, he make you?
      David Sinclair: No, I don't think so.

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