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make

verb  us   /meɪk/ (past tense and past participle made  /meɪd/ )

make verb (PRODUCE)

[T] to bring something into existence, esp. using a particular substance or material; produce: Does that company make computers? Butter is made from cream. My wedding ring is made of gold. He made us some coffee.

make verb (CAUSE)

[T] to cause something: The kids made a mess in the kitchen. Don’t make any noise.

make verb (CAUSE TO BE)

[T] to cause something to be, become, or appear in a particular way: If you open some windows, you’ll make it cooler. He said something that made her angry. We can sit closer together and make room (= provide space) for one more. We’re making our attic into a spare bedroom.

make verb (PERFORM)

[T] to perform an action: I’ve got to make a (phone) call to Ricardo. We must make a decision by tomorrow. Someone has made a mistake. Latisha is making progress in her reading. Can I make a suggestion? We might as well make use of the car, since we’ve got it for the whole weekend.make the bed To make the bed is to put sheets and covers on a bed so that someone can sleep in it, or to straighten them after it has been slept in.

make verb (FORCE)

[T] to force someone or something to do something: Ambition will make you get up off your sofa and go out and work for what you want.

make verb (BE OR BECOME)

[L] to be or become something, esp. by having the necessary characteristics: I don’t think he will ever make a good lawyer. Hector and Wanda make a delightful couple. He worked really hard, but he didn’t make the team (= was not chosen to be a member of it).

make verb (TOTAL)

[L] to add up to (a total): 6 and 6 make 12.

make verb (EARN)

[T] to earn or get: She makes $70,000 a year. Can you make a living as a painter?

make verb (ARRIVE)

[T] infml to arrive at or reach: We should make Whitefish Bay by nightfall. He made it to the bed and then collapsed.
maker
noun [C]  us   /ˈmeɪ·kər/
The makers of music videos show a fantasy world.

make

noun [C]  us   /meɪk/

make noun [C] (PRODUCT)

a particular product, or the name of the company that made it: What make of air conditioner do you recommend?
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