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 for To make a bed
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  make \make\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. made (m[=a]d); p. pr. & vb.
     n. making.] [OE. maken, makien, AS. macian; akin to OS.
     mak?n, OFries. makia, D. maken, G. machen, OHG. mahh?n to
     join, fit, prepare, make, Dan. mage. Cf. Match an equal.]
     1. To cause to exist; to bring into being; to form; to
        produce; to frame; to fashion; to create. Hence, in
        various specific uses or applications:
        (a) To form of materials; to cause to exist in a certain
            form; to construct; to fabricate.
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                  He . . . fashioned it with a graving tool, after
                  he had made it a molten calf.     --Ex. xxxii.
                                                    4.
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        (b) To produce, as something artificial, unnatural, or
            false; -- often with up; as, to make up a story.
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                  And Art, with her contending, doth aspire
                  To excel the natural with made delights.
                                                    --Spenser.
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        (c) To bring about; to bring forward; to be the cause or
            agent of; to effect, do, perform, or execute; -- often
            used with a noun to form a phrase equivalent to the
            simple verb that corresponds to such noun; as, to make
            complaint, for to complain; to make record of, for to
            record; to make abode, for to abide, etc.
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                  Call for Samson, that he may make us sport.
                                                    --Judg. xvi.
                                                    25.
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                  Wealth maketh many friends.       --Prov. xix.
                                                    4.
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                  I will neither plead my age nor sickness in
                  excuse of the faults which I have made.
                                                    --Dryden.
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        (d) To execute with the requisite formalities; as, to make
            a bill, note, will, deed, etc.
        (e) To gain, as the result of one's efforts; to get, as
            profit; to make acquisition of; to have accrue or
            happen to one; as, to make a large profit; to make an
            error; to make a loss; to make money.
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                  He accuseth Neptune unjustly who makes shipwreck
                  a second time.                    --Bacon.
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        (f) To find, as the result of calculation or computation;
            to ascertain by enumeration; to find the number or
            amount of, by reckoning, weighing, measurement, and
            the like; as, he made the distance of; to travel over;
            as, the ship makes ten knots an hour; he made the
            distance in one day.
        (h) To put in a desired or desirable condition; to cause
            to thrive.
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                  Who makes or ruins with a smile or frown.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     2. To cause to be or become; to put into a given state verb,
        or adjective; to constitute; as, to make known; to make
        public; to make fast.
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              Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? --Ex.
                                                    ii. 14.
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              See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh. --Ex. vii.
                                                    1.
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     Note: When used reflexively with an adjective, the reflexive
           pronoun is often omitted; as, to make merry; to make
           bold; to make free, etc.
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     3. To cause to appear to be; to constitute subjectively; to
        esteem, suppose, or represent.
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              He is not that goose and ass that Valla would make
              him.                                  --Baker.
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     4. To require; to constrain; to compel; to force; to cause;
        to occasion; -- followed by a noun or pronoun and
        infinitive.
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     Note: In the active voice the to of the infinitive is usually
           omitted.
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                 I will make them hear my words.    --Deut. iv.
                                                    10.
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                 They should be made to rise at their early hour.
                                                    --Locke.
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     5. To become; to be, or to be capable of being, changed or
        fashioned into; to do the part or office of; to furnish
        the material for; as, he will make a good musician; sweet
        cider makes sour vinegar; wool makes warm clothing.
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              And old cloak makes a new jerkin.     --Shak.
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     6. To compose, as parts, ingredients, or materials; to
        constitute; to form; to amount to; as, a pound of ham
        makes a hearty meal.
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              The heaven, the air, the earth, and boundless sea,
              Make but one temple for the Deity.    --Waller.
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     7. To be engaged or concerned in. [Obs.]
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              Gomez, what makest thou here, with a whole
              brotherhood of city bailiffs?         --Dryden.
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     8. To reach; to attain; to arrive at or in sight of. "And
        make the Libyan shores." --Dryden.
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              They that sail in the middle can make no land of
              either side.                          --Sir T.
                                                    Browne.
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     To make a bed, to prepare a bed for being slept on, or to
        put it in order.
  
     To make a card (Card Playing), to take a trick with it.
  
     To make account. See under Account, n.
  
     To make account of, to esteem; to regard.
  
     To make away.
        (a) To put out of the way; to kill; to destroy. [Obs.]
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                  If a child were crooked or deformed in body or
                  mind, they made him away.         --Burton.
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        (b) To alienate; to transfer; to make over. [Obs.]
            --Waller.
  
     To make believe, to pretend; to feign; to simulate.
  
     To make bold, to take the liberty; to venture.
  
     To make the cards (Card Playing), to shuffle the pack.
  
     To make choice of, to take by way of preference; to choose.
        
  
     To make danger, to make experiment. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.
  
     To make default (Law), to fail to appear or answer.
  
     To make the doors, to shut the door. [Obs.]
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              Make the doors upon a woman's wit, and it will out
              at the casement.                      --Shak.
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     To make free with. See under Free, a.
  
     To make good. See under Good.
  
     To make head, to make headway.
  
     To make light of. See under Light, a.
  
     To make little of.
        (a) To belittle.
        (b) To accomplish easily.
  
     To make love to. See under Love, n.
  
     To make meat, to cure meat in the open air. [Colloq.
        Western U. S.]
  
     To make merry, to feast; to be joyful or jovial.
  
     To make much of, to treat with much consideration,,
        attention, or fondness; to value highly.
  
     To make no bones. See under Bone, n.
  
     To make no difference, to have no weight or influence; to
        be a matter of indifference.
  
     To make no doubt, to have no doubt.
  
     To make no matter, to have no weight or importance; to make
        no difference.
  
     To make oath (Law), to swear, as to the truth of something,
        in a prescribed form of law.
  
     To make of.
        (a) To understand or think concerning; as, not to know
            what to make of the news.
        (b) To pay attention to; to cherish; to esteem; to
            account. "Makes she no more of me than of a slave."
            --Dryden.
  
     To make one's law (Old Law), to adduce proof to clear one's
        self of a charge.
  
     To make out.
        (a) To find out; to discover; to decipher; as, to make out
            the meaning of a letter.
        (b) to gain sight of; to recognize; to discern; to descry;
            as, as they approached the city, he could make out the
            tower of the Chrysler Building.
        (c) To prove; to establish; as, the plaintiff was unable
            to make out his case.
        (d) To make complete or exact; as, he was not able to make
            out the money.
        (d) to write out; to write down; -- used especially of a
            bank check or bill; as, he made out a check for the
            cost of the dinner; the workman made out a bill and
            handed it to him.
  
     To make over, to transfer the title of; to convey; to
        alienate; as, he made over his estate in trust or in fee.
        
  
     To make sail. (Naut.)
        (a) To increase the quantity of sail already extended.
        (b) To set sail.
  
     To make shift, to manage by expedients; as, they made shift
        to do without it. [Colloq.].
  
     To make sternway, to move with the stern foremost; to go or
        drift backward.
  
     To make strange, to act in an unfriendly manner or as if
        surprised; to treat as strange; as, to make strange of a
        request or suggestion.
  
     To make suit to, to endeavor to gain the favor of; to
        court.
  
     To make sure. See under Sure.
  
     To make up.
        (a) To collect into a sum or mass; as, to make up the
            amount of rent; to make up a bundle or package.
        (b) To reconcile; to compose; as, to make up a difference
            or quarrel.
        (c) To supply what is wanting in; to complete; as, a
            dollar is wanted to make up the stipulated sum.
        (d) To compose, as from ingredients or parts; to shape,
            prepare, or fabricate; as, to make up a mass into
            pills; to make up a story.
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                  He was all made up of love and charms!
                                                    --Addison.
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        (e) To compensate; to make good; as, to make up a loss.
        (f) To adjust, or to arrange for settlement; as, to make
            up accounts.
        (g) To dress and paint for a part, as an actor; as, he was
            well made up.
  
     To make up a face, to distort the face as an expression of
        pain or derision.
  
     To make up one's mind, to reach a mental determination; to
        resolve.
  
     To make way, or To make one's way.
        (a) To make progress; to advance.
        (b) To open a passage; to clear the way.
  
     To make words, to multiply words.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bed \Bed\, n. [AS. bed, bedd; akin to OS. bed, D. bed, bedde,
     Icel. be?r, Dan. bed, Sw. b[aum]dd, Goth. badi, OHG. betti,
     G. bett, bette, bed, beet a plat of ground; all of uncertain
     origin.]
     1. An article of furniture to sleep or take rest in or on; a
        couch. Specifically: A sack or mattress, filled with some
        soft material, in distinction from the bedstead on which
        it is placed (as, a feather bed), or this with the
        bedclothes added. In a general sense, any thing or place
        used for sleeping or reclining on or in, as a quantity of
        hay, straw, leaves, or twigs.
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              And made for him [a horse] a leafy bed. --Byron.
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              I wash, wring, brew, bake, . . . make the beds.
                                                    --Shak.
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              In bed he slept not for my urging it. --Shak.
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     2. (Used as the symbol of matrimony) Marriage.
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              George, the eldest son of his second bed.
                                                    --Clarendon.
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     3. A plat or level piece of ground in a garden, usually a
        little raised above the adjoining ground. "Beds of
        hyacinth and roses." --Milton.
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     4. A mass or heap of anything arranged like a bed; as, a bed
        of ashes or coals.
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     5. The bottom of a watercourse, or of any body of water; as,
        the bed of a river.
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              So sinks the daystar in the ocean bed. --Milton.
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     6. (Geol.) A layer or seam, or a horizontal stratum between
        layers; as, a bed of coal, iron, etc.
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     7. (Gun.) See Gun carriage, and Mortar bed.
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     8. (Masonry)
        (a) The horizontal surface of a building stone; as, the
            upper and lower beds.
        (b) A course of stone or brick in a wall.
        (c) The place or material in which a block or brick is
            laid.
        (d) The lower surface of a brick, slate, or tile.
            --Knight.
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     9. (Mech.) The foundation or the more solid and fixed part or
        framing of a machine; or a part on which something is laid
        or supported; as, the bed of an engine.
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     10. The superficial earthwork, or ballast, of a railroad.
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     11. (Printing) The flat part of the press, on which the form
         is laid.
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     Note: Bed is much used adjectively or in combination; as, bed
           key or bedkey; bed wrench or bedwrench; bedchamber;
           bedmaker, etc.
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     Bed of justice (French Hist.), the throne (F. lit bed)
        occupied by the king when sitting in one of his
        parliaments (judicial courts); hence, a session of a
        refractory parliament, at which the king was present for
        the purpose of causing his decrees to be registered.
  
     To be brought to bed, to be delivered of a child; -- often
        followed by of; as, to be brought to bed of a son.
  
     To make a bed, to prepare a bed; to arrange or put in order
        a bed and its bedding.
  
     From bed and board (Law), a phrase applied to a separation
        by partial divorce of man and wife, without dissolving the
        bonds of matrimony. If such a divorce (now commonly called
        a judicial separation) be granted at the instance of the
        wife, she may have alimony.
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