- I UK [meɪk] / US
Word forms "make":
present tense I/you/we/they make he/she/it makes present participle making past tense made UK [meɪd] / US past participle made
Get it right: make:When make means "to cause or force someone to do something" and is followed by another verb, use the infinitive without to:
Wrong: What makes them to commit crime?
Right: What makes them commit crime?
Wrong: Advertising makes us to buy a lot of unnecessary things.
Right: Advertising makes us buy a lot of unnecessary things. But when make is in the passive, use the infinitive with to: I feel the American people have been unfairly made to pay for the government's mistakes.1) [transitive] to create or produce something by working
Jane made coffee while the guests were finishing their dessert.made in:
She makes all her own clothes.make something from something:
This furniture is made in South America.make something out of something:
They make paper from old rags.made (out) of something:
We made curtains out of some old material we found.make someone something:
a bowl made of metal/plastic/woodmake something about someone/something:
Joan made me a beautiful dress for my wedding.
They're making a TV programme about the case.2) [transitive] to cause something to be formed by breaking, cutting, or tearing an object or by pushing one object into or through anothermake a hole/scratch/dent etc in something:
Something's made a scratch in the counter.3)a) [transitive] used with some nouns for showing that someone performs the action referred to by the nounmake an attempt/effort:
Over 340 arrests were made.make a decision:
Helen made no attempt to stop him.make a mistake/error:
No one wanted to make a clear decision on the project.make progress:
Nobody's perfect – we all make mistakes.make a change/alteration/adjustment etc:
We've made some progress, but there's still a long way to go.make a contribution:
People can eat more healthily without making major changes to their diet.make a noise/sound:
This study makes an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the disease.make a note of something (= keep a written record of something):
Stop making so much noise!
Matthew made a note of the car's number and informed the police.b) used with some nouns for showing that someone says somethingmake a statement/suggestion/complaint etc:
The minister will make a statement on that issue later today.4) [transitive] to cause someone or something to be in a particular state or to change to another statemake someone do something:make yourself heard/understood etc:
This film always makes me cry.make something difficult/easy etc:
I know enough Japanese to make myself understood.make someone feel ill/sad/strange etc:
The noise in the school makes learning difficult.make someone look fat/thin/younger etc:
The smell of fish makes me feel ill.make someone happy/sad/angry etc:
That haircut makes you look ten years younger.make something nice/pretty/attractive etc:
Listening to the news just makes me angry these days.make someone famous/popular etc:
I want to make the place nice for when they arrive.make it clear/obvious/plain etc (that):
It was television that made her so popular.make it known/understood (that):
I'd like to make it clear that I had nothing to do with this.make someone something:
She made it known that she was the mayor's wife.
They made him head teacher after Joanne left.5) [transitive] to force someone to do somethingmake someone do something:
I'm not going to apologize and you can't make me!
They made us work for 12 hours a day.be made to do something:
They made him tell the truth by depriving him of food.
We were made to learn fifty new words every week.6) [transitive] to arrange or organize somethingmake an appointment/date:
I've made an appointment for you with the doctor for tomorrow morning.7) [transitive] to earn or get moneymake money:
She makes about £2,000 a month.make a living (= make enough money to buy the things that you need):
You can make a lot of money playing the stock market.make a profit:
Can you make a living from painting?
The company made a small profit in its first year.8)a) [linking verb] to give a particular total when added together
Four and two make six.b) [transitive] to decide that something gives a particular total when calculating an amount
I make that £750 after tax.9) [transitive] to cause something to be successful
It was the children's choir that really made the performance.10) [linking verb] to have the right qualities for a particular job, purpose etc
Diane would make a good teacher – she's so patient.
Don't you think the novel would make a great film?11)a) [transitive] to reach a particular place, especially so that there is time to do something
At this rate we won't make Jedda before midnight.
Dan just managed to make his 7 o'clock flight to Toronto.b) to be able to be present at a particular event
We can't make the conference after all.12) [transitive] to succeed in achieving something by reaching the necessary level or standardmake a deadline:
We've made our target of 10,000 sales this month.make the headlines/papers/news etc (= be important enough to be reported):
They'll never make the deadline now that the computers have crashed.make a team/squad (= be chosen for it):
Their search for a heart donor made the headlines in April.
Dawson has failed to make the team for Saturday's big match.•
make do (with/without something)— to succeed in dealing with a situation by using what is available/despite not having something
There wasn't much food, but we made do.spoken to decide that it is a particular time by looking at your watch
make it 5 o'clock/7.30 etc— British
"What time is it?" "I make it 5 o'clock."
make a (phone) call— to telephone someone
Do you mind if I just make a quick phone call?
make time (for)— to find time to do something or be with someone in spite of being busy
He's finding it difficult to make time for his children.
make way (for)— to move away so that someone or something can get past you; to be replaced by someone or something
We were asked to make way for the bride and groom.
Most of the old buildings have made way for hotels and offices.- make it- make for- make of- make off- make out- make up
II UK [meɪk] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "make":
singular make plural makes
a product made by a particular companymake of:
What make is your computer?
a very popular make of car•
English dictionary. 2014.