• (slang, usually in phrase "easy make") Past or future target of seduction (usually female).
  • (basketball) A made basket.
  • (often of a car) Brand or kind; often paired with model.

    "What make of car do you drive?"

  • (uncountable) Quantity produced, especially of materials.
  • (bridge) The declaration of the trump for a hand.
  • (slang) Recognition or identification, especially from police records or evidence.
  • A home-made project
  • (Scotland, Ireland, Northern England, now rare) A halfpenny. [from 16th c.]
  • Origin of a manufactured article; manufacture.

    "The camera was of German make."

  • A person's character or disposition.
  • (computing) A software utility for automatically building large applications, or an implementation of this utility.
  • (slang, military) A promotion.
  • (dialectal) Mate; a spouse or companion.
  • How a thing is made; construction.
  • (dated) The act or process of making something, especially in industrial manufacturing.
  • (physics) The closing of an electrical circuit.


  • To enact; to establish.
  • To cause to appear to be; to represent as.
  • (obsolete) To act in a certain manner; to have to do; to manage; to interfere; to be active; often in the phrase to meddle or make.
  • (transitive, of a fact) To indicate or suggest to be.

    "His past mistakes don’t make him a bad person."

  • (transitive, heading) To create.
  • (transitive, colloquial) To arrive at a destination, usually at or by a certain time.

    "We should make Cincinnati by 7 tonight."

  • To bring about.

    "make war"

  • (transitive) To move at (a speed). [from 17thc.]

    "The ship could make 20 knots an hour in calm seas.  This baby can make 220 miles an hour."

  • (intransitive, now mostly colloquial) To behave, to act.

    "They made nice together, as if their fight never happened."

  • (intransitive, colloquial, euphemistic) To defecate or urinate.
  • To constitute.

    "They make a cute couple.  This makes the third infraction.  One swallow does not a summer make."

  • (obsolete, intransitive) To compose verses; to write poetry; to versify.
  • (transitive, second object is an adjective or participle) To cause to be.

    "The citizens made their objections clear.  This might make you a bit woozy.  Did I make myself heard?  Scotch will make you a man."

  • To form or formulate in the mind.

    "make plans;  made a questionable decision"

  • (transitive, 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."

  • (obsolete) To be engaged or concerned in.
  • (transitive, US slang) To recognise, identify.
  • To write or compose.

    "I made a poem for her wedding.  He made a will."

  • (transitive) To cover (a given distance) by travelling. [from 16thc.]
  • (intransitive, now mostly colloquial) To behave, to act.

    "To make like a deer caught in the headlights."

  • (transitive, slang) To induct into the Mafia or a similar organization (as a made man).
  • (intransitive) To tend; to contribute; to have effect; with for or against.
  • (transitive) To pay, to cover (an expense); chiefly used after expressions of inability.
  • (transitive, usually stressed) To bring into success.

    "This company is what made you.  She married into wealth and so has it made."

  • To develop into; to prove to be.

    "She'll make a fine president."

  • (transitive, second object is a verb) To cause (to do something); to compel (to do something).

    "You're making her cry.  I was made to feel like a criminal."

  • (obsolete) To increase; to augment; to accrue.
  • (transitive, of a bed) To cover neatly with bedclothes.
  • To construct or produce.

    "We made a bird feeder for our yard.  I'll make a man out of him yet."

  • (intransitive, colloquial) To proceed (in a direction).

    "They made westward over the snowy mountains.  Make for the hills! It's a wildfire!  They made away from the fire toward the river."

  • To bring about.

    "They were just a bunch of ne'er-do-wells who went around making trouble for honest men."

  • To appoint; to name.
  • (intransitive, now mostly colloquial) To behave, to act.

    "He made as if to punch him, but they both laughed and shook hands."

  • (transitive) To earn, to gain (money, points, membership or status).

    "You have to spend money to make money!  He made twenty bucks playing poker last night.  They hope to make a bigger profit.  She makes more than he does, and works longer hours than he does, but she still does most of the house-cleaning.  He didn't make the choir after his voice changed.  She made ten points in that game."

  • (intransitive, construed with of, typically interrogative) To interpret.

    "I don’t know what to make of it."

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