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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Make \Make\ (m[=a]k), v. i.
1. 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. [Obs.]
A scurvy, jack-a-nape priest to meddle or make.
2. To proceed; to tend; to move; to go; as, he made toward
home; the tiger made at the sportsmen.
Note: Formerly, authors used to make on, to make forth, to
make about; but these phrases are obsolete. We now say,
to make at, to make away, to make for, to make off, to
make toward, etc.
3. To tend; to contribute; to have effect; -- with for or
against; as, it makes for his advantage. --M. Arnold.
Follow after the things which make for peace. --Rom.
Do make against it. --Shak.
4. To increase; to augment; to accrue.
5. To compose verses; to write poetry; to versify. [Archaic]
To solace him some time, as I do when I make. --P.
To make as if, or To make as though, to pretend that; to
make show that; to make believe (see under Make, v. t.).
Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten
before them, and fled. --Josh. viii.
My lord of London maketh as though he were greatly
displeased with me. --Latimer.
To make at, to go toward hastily, or in a hostile manner;
To make away with.
(a) To carry off.
(b) To transfer or alienate; hence, to spend; to
(c) To kill; to destroy.
To make off, to go away suddenly.
To make out, to succeed; to manage oneself; to be able at
last; to make shift; as, he made out to reconcile the
contending parties; after the earthquake they made out all
(b) to engage in fond caresses; to hug and kiss; to neck;
-- of courting couples or individuals (for
individuals, used with with); as, they made out on a
bench in the park; he was making out with the waitress
in the kitchen [informal]
To make up, to become reconciled or friendly.
To make up for, to compensate for; to supply an equivalent
To make up to.
(a) To approach; as, a suspicious boat made up to us.
(b) To pay addresses to; to make love to.
To make up with, to become reconciled to. [Colloq.]
To make with, to concur or agree with. --Hooker.
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