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Make appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Mummies make money.
  • How many berries could a bare berry carry,
    if a bare berry could carry berries?
    Well they can't carry berries
    (which could make you very wary)
    but a bare berry carried is more scary!
  • Betty Botter bought some butter but, said she, the butter's bitter.
    If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter.
    But a bit of better butter will make my bitter batter better.
    So she bought some better butter, better than the bitter butter,
    put it in her bitter batter, made her bitter batter better.
    So 't was better Betty Botter bought some better butter.

Make appears in the following pangrams (sentences using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Grumpy wizards make a toxic brew for the jovial queen. (44 letters)
  • Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil Queen and Jack. (Used by Google Fonts; 48 letters)
  • About sixty codfish eggs will make a quarter pound of very fizzy jelly. (58 letters)
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Usage statistics for the verb make:

spoken English46.42%written English53.58% conversational speech41.19%task-oriented speech58.81% imaginative writing51.54%informational writing48.46%
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The word make is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun make

What does make mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: makes

  1. a recognizable kind
    • example: what make of car is that?
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of make: brand
    • more generic words: form / kind / sort / variety = a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
  2. the act of mixing cards haphazardly
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of make: shuffle / shuffling
    • more generic word: reordering = a rearrangement in a different order
    • more specific words:
      • reshuffling / reshuffle = shuffling again
      • riffle = shuffling by splitting the pack and interweaving the two halves at their corners
    • part of: card game / cards = a game played with playing cards

Alternative definition of the noun make

noun

  1. [context: often of a car] Brand or kind; often paired with model. [jump, brand, s, t]
  2. How a thing is made; construction. [jump, construction, s]
  3. Origin of a manufactured article; manufacture. [jump, origin, s]
  4. [uncountable] Quantity produced, especially of materials. [jump, quantity produced, s]
  5. [dated] The act or process of making something, especially in industrial manufacturing. [jump, act or process of making, s]
  6. A person's character or disposition. [jump, personal character, s]
  7. [bridge] The declaration of the trump for a hand.
  8. [physics] The closing of an electrical circuit. [jump, closing circuit, s]
  9. [computing] A software utility for automatically building large applications, or an implementation of this utility.
  10. [slang] Recognition or identification, especially from police records or evidence. [jump, recognition, s]
  11. [slang, usually in phrase "easy make"] Past or future target of seduction (usually female). [jump, target of seduction, s]
  12. [slang, military] A promotion.
  13. [dialectal] Mate; a spouse or companion.
  14. [British, obsolete] A halfpenny.

Definition of the verb make

What does make mean as a doing word?

Make is the 6th most common verb in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
mademademakingmakes

  1. engage in
    • examples: make love, not war | make an effort | make revolution
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of make: do
    • more specific words: exaggerate / overdo = do something to an excessive degree
  2. give certain properties to something
    • examples: Don't make this into a big deal | This invention will make you a millionaire | Make yourself clear
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]The captain baptized the ship
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Predicate]The captain named the ship Seafarer

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): call, decree, dub, pronounce, rename, rule, stamp, term, vote.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of make: get
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
    • more specific words:
      • render = cause to become
      • have / get / let = cause to move
      • leave = act or be so as to become in a specified state
  3. make or cause to be or to become
  4. cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
    • example: They make him to write the letter
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of make: cause / get / have / induce / stimulate
    • more specific words:
      • decide = cause to decide
      • persuade = cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action
      • bring = induce or persuade
      • solicit = incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination
      • encourage = spur on
      • let = actively cause something to happen
      • lead = cause to undertake a certain action
      • instigate / inspire / prompt = serve as the inciting cause of
      • suborn = induce to commit perjury or give false testimony
      • obligate / compel / oblige = force somebody to do something
  5. give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
  6. create or manufacture a man-made product
    • example: Sam and Sue make the movie
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb]Martha carves
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product] for [Asset]The contractor will build you a house for $100,000
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product] from / out of [Material]Martha carved the baby a toy out of a piece of wood
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Material] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a piece of wood for the baby
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Material] into [Product]Martha carved the piece of wood into a toy
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Material] into [Product] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a piece of wood into a toy for the baby
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product]Martha carves toys
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] for [Asset]The contractor builds houses for $100,000
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a toy for the baby
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material]Martha carved a toy out of a piece of wood
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material] for [Asset]Martha will carve a toy out of a piece of wood for $50
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a toy out of a piece of wood for the baby
      [Asset - currency] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product]$100,000 will build you a house
      [Asset - currency] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product] from / out of [Material]$100,000 builds you a house out of sticks
      [Asset - currency] [Verb] [Product]$100,000 builds a house
      [Asset - currency] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material]$100,000 builds a house out of sticks
      [Material - concrete object] [Verb] [Product]This wood carved beautiful toys

      Verbs of Creation (with the same syntax): build, carve, cut, sculpt, shape.

    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of make: create / produce
    • more specific terms:
  7. make, formulate, or derive in the mind
    • examples: make an estimate | What do you make of his remarks?
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of make: draw
    • more generic terms: create by mental act / create mentally = create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
  8. compel or make somebody or something to act in a certain way
    • example: Heat makes you sweat
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: cause / do = give rise to
    • more specific word: drive = compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment
  9. create by artistic means
    • example: Sam and Sue make the movie
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonym of make: create
    • more generic word: create = make or cause to be or to become
    • more specific words:
      • do = create or design, often in a certain way
      • design = create the design for
      • design = create designs
  10. earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
  11. create or design, often in a certain way
    • example: Did he make his major works over a short period of time?
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 6
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonym of make: do
    • antonym of make: unmake
    • more generic word: create = create by artistic means
  12. to compose or represent
  13. reach a goal
  14. be or be capable of being changed or made into
    • examples: He makes a great host | He will make a fine father
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: become = come into existence
  15. make by shaping or bringing together constituents
    • examples: make a dress | make a cake | make a wall of stones
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic terms: create from raw material / create from raw stuff = make from scratch
    • more specific words:
      • compile / compose = put together out of existing material
      • compile = use a computer program to translate source code written in a particular programming language into computer-readable machine code that can be executed
      • manufacture / construct / fabricate = put together out of artificial or natural components or parts
      • fashion / forge = make out of components
      • cooper = make barrels and casks
  16. perform or carry out
    • examples: make a decision | make a move | make advances | make a phone call
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: do / execute / perform = carry out or perform an action
    • more specific word: pay = render
  17. make by combining materials and parts
  18. change from one form into another
    • examples: make water into wine | make lead into gold | make clay into bricks
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
  19. act in a certain way so as to acquire
    • examples: make friends | make enemies
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic words: act / behave / do = behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior
  20. charge with a function; charge to be
    • example: They make her vice president
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of make: name / nominate
    • more generic words: appoint / charge = assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to
    • more specific word: rename = name again or anew
  21. achieve a point or goal
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - concrete organization] [Verb] [Destination]They reached the hill

      Verbs of Motion (with the same syntax): hit, reach.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of make: get / have
    • more generic terms: hit / rack up / score / tally = gain points in a game
  22. reach a destination, either real or abstract
  23. institute, enact, or establish
    • example: make laws
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of make: establish / lay down
    • more generic word: create = make or cause to be or to become
    • more specific words: mark / set = establish as the highest level or best performance
  24. carry out or commit
    • example: make a mistake
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: commit / perpetrate / pull = perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
  25. form by assembling individuals or constituents
  26. organize or be responsible for
    • example: have, throw, or make a party
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of make: give / have / hold / throw
    • more generic word: direct = be in charge of
  27. put in order or neaten
  28. head into a specified direction
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of make: take
    • more generic word: head = to go or travel towards
  29. have a bowel movement
  30. undergo fabrication or creation
    • example: This wool makes into a nice sweater
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 6
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
  31. be suitable for
    • example: Wood makes good furniture
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 6
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  32. add up to
  33. amount to
    • example: This salary increase makes no difference to my standard of living
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: amount = be tantamount or equivalent to
  34. constitute the essence of
  35. appear to begin an activity
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic words: appear / look / seem = give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
  36. proceed along a path
    • example: make one's way into the forest
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of make: work
    • more generic word: pass = go across or through
    • more specific words:
      • claw = move as if by clawing, seizing, or digging
      • jostle = make one's way by jostling, pushing, or shoving
      • bushwhack = cut one's way through the woods or bush
  37. reach in time
  38. gather and light the materials for
  39. prepare for eating by applying heat
    • examples: can you make me an omelette? | The chefs make the vegetables
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 6
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of make: cook / fix / prepare / ready
    • more generic terms: create from raw material / create from raw stuff = make from scratch
    • more specific terms:
      • preserve / keep = prevent (food) from rotting
      • dress out / dress = kill and prepare for market or consumption
      • deglaze = dissolve cooking juices or solid food in (a pan) by adding liquid and stirring
      • escallop / scallop = bake in a sauce, milk, etc., often with breadcrumbs on top
      • flambe = pour liquor over and ignite
      • put on = put on the stove or ready for cooking
      • devil = coat or stuff with a spicy paste
      • precook = cook beforehand so that the actual preparation won't take long
      • whomp up / whip up = prepare or cook quickly or hastily
      • concoct / cook up = prepare or cook by mixing ingredients
      • lard = prepare or cook with lard
  40. induce to have sex
  41. assure the success of
  42. represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like
  43. consider as being
  44. calculate as being
    • example: I make the height about 100 feet
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: approximate / estimate / gauge / guess / judge = judge tentatively or form an estimate of
  45. cause to be enjoyable or pleasurable
    • example: make my day
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
  46. favor the development of
    • example: Practice makes the winner
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: develop = generate gradually
  47. develop into
    • example: He will make a splendid father!
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: develop / grow = grow emotionally or mature
  48. behave in a certain way
    • example: make merry
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic words: act / behave / do = behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior
  49. eliminate urine

Alternative definition of the verb make

verb

  1. [intransitive, now mostly colloquial] To behave, to act.
  2. To create, construct, or produce.
  3. To constitute.
  4. [context: construed with of, typically interrogative] To interpret.
  5. [context: usually stressed] To bring into success.
  6. [context: second object is an adjective, participle, or noun] To cause to be.
  7. [context: second object is a verb] To cause to do.
  8. [context: second object is a verb, can be stressed for emphasis or clarity] To force to do.
  9. [context: of a fact] To indicate or suggest to be.
  10. [context: of a bed] To cover neatly with bedclothes.
  11. [slang, of a person being sought] To recognise (without being recognised in return).
  12. [transitive, colloquial] To arrive at a destination, usually at or by a certain time.
  13. [intransitive, colloquial] To proceed (in a direction).
  14. To cover (a given distance) by travelling. [definition from 16th c.]
  15. To move at (a speed). [definition from 17th c.]
  16. [slang] To induct into the Mafia or a similar organization (as a made man).
  17. [intransitive, colloquial, euphemistic] To defecate or urinate.
  18. To earn, to gain (money).
  19. [transitive] To pay, to cover (an expense); [chiefly used after expressions of inability., lang=en]
  20. rfdef, lang=en

People

  1. Make a.k.a. Galo Canote is a graffiti artist born in Los Angeles. He also lived in Guadalajara in the mid 1980s.
  2. Make a.k.a. Mª Carmen Pascual is a musical artist.

There are other people with in their name, like Make Bray, Make Ankee, Jeremy Make, Make Glavas, Titise Make, Vusumzi Make, Make It Happen and Alma Liziwe Make.

Characters

  1. Make is a fictional character from the 2012 film Naked Harbour.
  2. Make is a fictional film character.

There are other characters with in their name, like Make Up Man, Make Up Artist and Make-up artist.

Miscellanea

  1. Make: In software development, Make is a utility that automatically builds executable programs and libraries from source code by reading files called makefiles which specify how to derive the target program. Though integrated development environments and language-specific compiler features can also be used to manage a build process, Make remains widely used, especially in Unix.
    • developer: Stuart Feldman
    • genres: Build automation, Build software
  2. Make is an American quarterly magazine published by O'Reilly Media which focuses on do it yourself and/or DIWO projects involving computers, electronics, robotics, metalworking, woodworking and other disciplines. The magazine is marketed to people who enjoy making things and features complex projects which can often be completed with cheap materials, including household items.
  3. Make of the motorcycle.

Phrases with Make

Phrases starting with the word Make:

  1. make do
  2. make it
  3. Make to
  4. make up
  5. make-do
  6. make-up
  7. make for
  8. make fun
  9. make hay
  10. make off
  11. make out
  12. Make Use
  13. make way
  14. make-out
  15. Make Away
  16. make bold
  17. make book
  18. Make File

Phrases ending with the word Make:

  1. to make
  2. film-make

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Make

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Google previewThe Struggle Over Work (2004)

The 'End of Work' and Employment Alternatives in Post-Industrial Societies by Shaun Wilson

The first point to make is that fiscal and monetary policy stances matter. As James Galbraith points out, America pursued much more expansionary economic policies thanEurope did over the same period, which promoted employment growth.

Google previewMy Century (2010)

by Virgil Charles Aldrich

The main point we are going to make is that Tom's utterance, “It is possible that there is a little blue devil in the watch,” is comparable to the expression, “It is possible that please go away.” As the expression “please go away” does not make ...

Google previewANGLO-BURMESE DICTIONARY PART I CONSISTING OF MONOSYL.I.ABLES (1845)

by C. H. HOUGH

lymph lyre Mad made maid mail maim main maize make _ male man mane mange map...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1982)

Volume 14 - Crystallization: Nucleation Systems to Design Data-Importance of Accuracy by John J. McKetta Jr

The chemical process industries consider "make or buy" decisions as a major factor in planning the future growth and business strategy necessary to sustain and improve profits. Most chemical process companies rely on nonaffiliated ...

Google previewThe Cooks and Confectioners Dictionary (1724)

Or, The Accomplish'd Housewives Companion ... by John Nott

PU T the Yolks of four Eggs, and three Spoon-1 fuls of Rose-water, to a Quart of FloWerz, mingle them well, make them into a Batter With Cream and double refin' d Sugar, p0ur it on very thin, and bake it on Irons. 2- Another Way. MINGLE Flour ...

Google previewThe Judicial Dictionary of Words and Phrases Judicially Interpreted (1890)

by Frederick Stroud

MAKE GOOD. — To "Make Good" damage done to property, means to restore the property to the condition in which it was immediately before the damage ; and not that pecuniary compensation be given (Wells v. Odij, 5 L. J. Ex. 199 ; 1 M. & W.

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Usage statistics about make

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb make:

spoken English46.42%written English53.58% conversational speech41.19%task-oriented speech58.81% imaginative writing51.54%informational writing48.46%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun make:

shufflemakebrand

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb make:

formcausecreatedrawbuildreachproduceholdworkgivetakemakegetdohave

Comparison of usage frequency between the verb make and its most common antonym:

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Quotes about Make

Make worthwhile ink of my pen
Amen Allah please amen

Make worthwhile my sweet dreams
Can't you hear my soul's screams?

Make worthwhile my effort
Make me brave in your court

Make worthwhile my labor
Save me O savior (Asif Andalib)
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Scrabble value of M3A1K5E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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