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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
make \make\ (m[=a]k), n. [AS. maca, gemaca. See Match.]
A companion; a mate; often, a husband or a wife. [Obs.]
For in this world no woman is
Worthy to be my make. --Chaucer.
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.
He . . . fashioned it with a graving tool, after
he had made it a molten calf. --Ex. xxxii.
(b) To produce, as something artificial, unnatural, or
false; -- often with up; as, to make up a story.
And Art, with her contending, doth aspire
To excel the natural with made delights.
(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.
Call for Samson, that he may make us sport.
Wealth maketh many friends. --Prov. xix.
I will neither plead my age nor sickness in
excuse of the faults which I have made.
(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.
He accuseth Neptune unjustly who makes shipwreck
a second time. --Bacon.
(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
Who makes or ruins with a smile or frown.
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.
Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? --Ex.
See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh. --Ex. vii.
Note: When used reflexively with an adjective, the reflexive
pronoun is often omitted; as, to make merry; to make
bold; to make free, etc.
3. To cause to appear to be; to constitute subjectively; to
esteem, suppose, or represent.
He is not that goose and ass that Valla would make
4. To require; to constrain; to compel; to force; to cause;
to occasion; -- followed by a noun or pronoun and
Note: In the active voice the to of the infinitive is usually
I will make them hear my words. --Deut. iv.
They should be made to rise at their early hour.
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.
And old cloak makes a new jerkin. --Shak.
6. To compose, as parts, ingredients, or materials; to
constitute; to form; to amount to; as, a pound of ham
makes a hearty meal.
The heaven, the air, the earth, and boundless sea,
Make but one temple for the Deity. --Waller.
7. To be engaged or concerned in. [Obs.]
Gomez, what makest thou here, with a whole
brotherhood of city bailiffs? --Dryden.
8. To reach; to attain; to arrive at or in sight of. "And
make the Libyan shores." --Dryden.
They that sail in the middle can make no land of
either side. --Sir T.
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.]
If a child were crooked or deformed in body or
mind, they made him away. --Burton.
(b) To alienate; to transfer; to make over. [Obs.]
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.]
Make the doors upon a woman's wit, and it will out
at the casement. --Shak.
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
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."
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
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
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
(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.
He was all made up of love and charms!
(e) To compensate; to make good; as, to make up a loss.
(f) To adjust, or to arrange for settlement; as, to make
(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
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.
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.
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Make \Make\, n.
Structure, texture, constitution of parts; construction;
It our perfection of so frail a make
As every plot can undermine and shake? --Dryden.
On the make,
(a) bent upon making great profits; greedy of gain. [Low, U.
(b) seeking higher social status or a higher employment
(c) seeking a sexual partner; looking for sexual adventure.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a recognizable kind; "there's a new brand of hero in the
movies now"; "what make of car is that?" [syn: brand,
2: the act of mixing cards haphazardly [syn: shuffle,
v 1: engage in; "make love, not war"; "make an effort"; "do
research"; "do nothing"; "make revolution" [syn: make,
2: give certain properties to something; "get someone mad"; "She
made us look silly"; "He made a fool of himself at the
meeting"; "Don't make this into a big deal"; "This invention
will make you a millionaire"; "Make yourself clear" [syn:
3: make or cause to be or to become; "make a mess in one's
office"; "create a furor" [syn: make, create]
4: cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads
induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy
a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa" [syn: induce,
stimulate, cause, have, get, make]
5: give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always
intentionally; "cause a commotion"; "make a stir"; "cause an
accident" [syn: cause, do, make]
6: create or manufacture a man-made product; "We produce more
cars than we can sell"; "The company has been making toys for
two centuries" [syn: produce, make, create]
7: make, formulate, or derive in the mind; "I draw a line here";
"draw a conclusion"; "draw parallels"; "make an estimate";
"What do you make of his remarks?" [syn: draw, make]
8: compel or make somebody or something to act in a certain way;
"People cannot be made to integrate just by passing a law!";
"Heat makes you sweat"
9: create by artistic means; "create a poem"; "Schoenberg
created twelve-tone music"; "Picasso created Cubism"; "Auden
made verses" [syn: create, make]
10: earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as
salary or wages; "How much do you make a month in your new
job?"; "She earns a lot in her new job"; "this merger
brought in lots of money"; "He clears $5,000 each month"
[syn: gain, take in, clear, make, earn, realize,
realise, pull in, bring in]
11: create or design, often in a certain way; "Do my room in
blue"; "I did this piece in wood to express my love for the
forest" [syn: do, make] [ant: undo, unmake]
12: to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of
the stage setting"; "The branches made a roof"; "This makes
a fine introduction" [syn: form, constitute, make]
13: reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"; "We made it!";
"She may not make the grade" [syn: reach, make, get
to, progress to]
14: be or be capable of being changed or made into; "He makes a
great host"; "He will make a fine father"
15: make by shaping or bringing together constituents; "make a
dress"; "make a cake"; "make a wall of stones"
16: perform or carry out; "make a decision"; "make a move";
"make advances"; "make a phone call"
17: make by combining materials and parts; "this little pig made
his house out of straw"; "Some eccentric constructed an
electric brassiere warmer" [syn: construct, build,
18: change from one form into another; "make water into wine";
"make lead into gold"; "make clay into bricks"
19: act in a certain way so as to acquire; "make friends"; "make
20: charge with a function; charge to be; "She was named Head of
the Committee"; "She was made president of the club" [syn:
name, nominate, make]
21: achieve a point or goal; "Nicklaus had a 70"; "The Brazilian
team got 4 goals"; "She made 29 points that day" [syn:
have, get, make]
22: reach a destination, either real or abstract; "We hit
Detroit by noon"; "The water reached the doorstep"; "We
barely made it to the finish line"; "I have to hit the MAC
machine before the weekend starts" [syn: reach, make,
attain, hit, arrive at, gain]
23: institute, enact, or establish; "make laws" [syn: lay
down, establish, make]
24: carry out or commit; "make a mistake"; "commit a faux-pas"
25: form by assembling individuals or constituents; "Make a
26: organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have,
throw, or make a party"; "give a course" [syn: hold,
throw, have, make, give]
27: put in order or neaten; "make the bed"; "make up a room"
[syn: make, make up]
28: head into a specified direction; "The escaped convict took
to the hills"; "We made for the mountains" [syn: take,
29: have a bowel movement; "The dog had made in the flower beds"
[syn: stool, defecate, shit, take a shit, take a
crap, ca-ca, crap, make]
30: undergo fabrication or creation; "This wool makes into a
31: be suitable for; "Wood makes good furniture"
32: add up to; "four and four make eight"
33: amount to; "This salary increase makes no difference to my
standard of living"
34: constitute the essence of; "Clothes make the man"
35: appear to begin an activity; "He made to speak but said
nothing in the end"; "She made as if to say hello to us"
36: proceed along a path; "work one's way through the crowd";
"make one's way into the forest" [syn: make, work]
37: reach in time; "We barely made the plane"
38: gather and light the materials for; "make a fire"
39: prepare for eating by applying heat; "Cook me dinner,
please"; "can you make me an omelette?"; "fix breakfast for
the guests, please" [syn: cook, fix, ready, make,
40: induce to have sex; "Harry finally seduced Sally"; "Did you
score last night?"; "Harry made Sally" [syn: seduce,
41: assure the success of; "A good review by this critic will
make your play!" [ant: break]
42: represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or
act like; "She makes like an actress" [syn: make,
pretend, make believe]
43: consider as being; "It wasn't the problem some people made
44: calculate as being; "I make the height about 100 feet"
45: cause to be enjoyable or pleasurable; "make my day"
46: favor the development of; "Practice makes the winner"
47: develop into; "He will make a splendid father!"
48: behave in a certain way; "make merry"
49: eliminate urine; "Again, the cat had made on the expensive
rug" [syn: make, urinate, piddle, puddle,
micturate, piss, pee, pee-pee, make water,
relieve oneself, take a leak, spend a penny, wee,
wee-wee, pass water]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
727 Moby Thesaurus words for "make":
Platonic form, Platonic idea, abide by, abscond, accomplish,
achieve, acquire, act, add up to, adhere to, administer,
aesthetic form, affect, affirm, aftermath, aggressive, agree to,
alter, amount to, anatomy, animus, announce, appear, appoint,
approach, approach anchorage, approve, aptitude, archetype,
architectonics, architecture, arrange, arrangement, arrive,
arrive at, arrive in, art form, assail, assault, assemblage,
assemble, assembly, assertive, assign, assimilate to, atone,
attack, attain, attain to, author, authorize, avails, baby, bag,
batch, be, be received, be seized of, bear, bear down on,
bear down upon, bear up for, bear up to, bearing, beat it, become,
beget, behave, bent, bias, bind, blood, blow in, blow up, bob up,
boost, borrow, box office, brand, breed, brew, bring about,
bring forth, bring off, bring to, bring to effect, bring to pass,
build, build up, building, buildup, bumper crop, bury the hatchet,
butter up, cajole, calculate, capture, carry out, carry through,
cast, catch, cause, cause to, certify, change, change into,
change over, character, charge, check in, choose, clan, clear,
clear out, clear the way, clip off, clock in, close with, coddle,
coerce, coin, color, combination, combine, come, come by, come in,
come in for, come into, come to, come to hand, come to terms,
command, commission, commissions, commit, communicate, compass,
compel, compensate, compensate for, complete, compose, composition,
compound, comprehend, conceive, concoct, conduct, configuration,
confirm, conformation, consist of, constitute, constitution,
constrain, construct, construction, consummate, contract,
contribute to, contrive, convert, convey, cook, cook up, cope,
cope with, corral, correct, cosset, course, cover, create,
creation, credit, credits, crop, cut, cut and run, cut out,
deal with, decamp, decide upon, decipher, declare, decoct,
delegate, deliver, demonstrate, denomination, depute, deputize,
derive, description, descry, designate, designation, detect,
devise, diathesis, discern, discharge, disclose, discover,
dispatch, disposable income, dispose of, disposition, distinguish,
dividend, dividends, divulge, do, do over, do the job,
do the trick, do to, dote on, drag down, draw, draw on, draw up,
dream, dream up, drive, earn, earned income, earnings, ebb,
eccentricity, effect, effectuate, elaborate, elect, embodiment,
embody, enact, energetic, enforce, engender, enter into,
enter into possession, enterprising, erect, espy, establish,
estimate, evolve, exaggerate, execute, exhort, extrude, fabric,
fabricate, fabrication, facilitate, fall on, fall upon, fancy,
fantasize, fare, fashion, fashioning, father, fathom, favor,
feather, feign, fetch, fetch up at, figuration, figure, figure out,
filch, fill in, fill out, fill up, find, fix, fix up, flatter,
flee, flood, flourish, flow, flow back, flow in, flow out, flush,
fly, fly the coop, follow, force, forge, forging, form, format,
formation, formulate, found, frame, fruit, fudge together, fulfill,
function, gain, gains, garner, gate, gate receipts, gather, gauge,
generate, genre, genus, gestate, get, get along, get by, get in,
get on, get there, get to, get up, getup, give birth to,
give occasion to, give origin to, give rise to, go, go aboard,
go alongside, go and do, go at, go for, go into, go-ahead, grain,
grasp, gross, gross income, gross receipts, gush, hand over,
handle, harvest, hatch, have, hint, hit, hit town, honor, hook,
humor, hyperbolize, idiosyncrasy, ilk, imagine, impart, impel,
implement, imply, impression, impute, inaugurate, inclination,
income, incorporate, incorporation, indicate, indite,
individualism, induce, indulge, inflict, initiate, inner form,
insinuate, insist upon, institute, intake, intimate, invent, issue,
join, judge, junction, kidney, kin, kind, knock off, label,
lay aboard, lay for, lay in, layout, leaning, let slip, liberate,
lie in, lift, line, lot, lunge at, make, make amends, make at,
make away with, make believe, make do, make for, make good,
make it, make it with, make known, make much of, make off,
make off with, make out, make over, make peace, make room,
make the grade, make tracks, make up, make up for, make way,
makeup, making, manage, manner, manufacture, mark, matrix, mature,
mental set, mention, merge in, metamorphose, mettle, mind,
mind-set, mix, mixture, modality, mode, model, modify, mold,
molding, mould, move, move aside, muddle through, mutate, name,
naturalize, nature, navigate, net, net income, net receipts,
number, oblige, observe, obtain, occasion, offset, on the make,
operate, order, organic structure, organism, organization,
organize, originate, output, overstate, pamper, parent, pass,
patch together, pattern, patterning, pay, pay for, perceive,
perform, perform as, perpetrate, persuade, persuasion, phylum,
physique, piece together, piecing together, pilfer, pinch, place,
plan, play, pocket, polish off, pop up, pounce upon, pour,
practice, predilection, predisposition, prefabricate, preference,
prepare, present, press, pressure, pretend, prevail upon, proceed,
proceeds, proclivity, procreate, procure, produce, product,
production, profits, promote, promulgate, propensity, prosecute,
prosper, prototype, prove to be, provoke, publish, pull down,
pull in, pull off, punch in, purloin, pushy, put, put away,
put away for, put in, put in force, put into port, put out,
put through, put to rights, put together, put up, putting together,
race, raise, reach, read, realize, reap, rear, rearrange, receipt,
receipts, receivables, receive, reckon, reconvert, record, rectify,
redecorate, redress, reduce to, regurgitate, remedy, remodel,
render, repay, represent, require, resolve into, restore, restrain,
return, returns, reveal, revenue, reverse, ring in, rip off, rob,
roll in, royalties, run, run away, run for, run for it, run off,
run up, rush, rush at, sack, sail for, sanction, score, scram,
scrape along, second crop, secure, seduce, see, select, serve,
serve as, set, set afloat, set on foot, set right, set up,
set upon, settle, setup, shape, shaping, shift, show, show up,
sign, sign in, sign over, significant form, sire, skedaddle, slant,
sort, spawn, species, square, stamp, stand for, start, steal,
steer toward, storm, strain, streak, stream, stretch, stripe,
structure, structuring, style, succeed, suggest, suppose, surge,
surge back, survive, swipe, switch, switch over, syneresis,
synthesis, synthesize, take, take and do, take care of, take in,
take off, take-in, takings, tectonics, temper, temperament,
tendency, texture, the like of, the likes of, think, thrive,
tidy up, tie, time in, tip off, tissue, total, transact, transfer,
transform, transmute, travel, traverse, trend, tribe, triumph,
turn, turn back, turn into, turn of mind, turn over,
turn the trick, turn up, twist, type, understand, unearned income,
unite in, up and do, urge, use force upon, vamoose, variety,
vigorous, vintage, warp, warp and woof, weave, web, whomp up, win,
work, work out, wreak, write, write down, write out, yield
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :
The Unix tool to automate the
recompilation, linking etc. of programs, taking account of the
interdependencies of modules and their modification times.
Make reads instructions from a "makefile" which specifies a
set of targets to be built, the files they depend on and the
commands to execute in order to produce them.
Most C systems come with a make. There is also one produce
["Make - A Program for Maintaining Computer Programs",
A.I. Feldman, TR No 57, Bell Labs Apr 1977].
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
MAKER. This term is applied to one who makes a promissory note and promises
to pay it when due. He who makes a bill of exchange is called the drawer,
and frequently in common parlance and in books of Reports we find the word
drawer inaccurately applied to the maker of a promissory note. See
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