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verb uk   /meɪk/ (made, made) us  

make verb (PRODUCE)

A1 [T] to produce something, often using a particular substance or material: Shall I make some coffee? He'd made a chocolate cake. She makes all her own clothes. [+ two objects] He made us some coffee./He made some coffee for us. The pot is made to withstand high temperatures. He works for a company that makes garden furniture. The label on the box said 'made in Taiwan'. Butter is made out of/from milk. earrings made of gold Her new trainer has promised to make an Olympic athlete of her.Creating and producingInventing, designing and innovation A1 [T] To make a film or television programme is to direct, produce it, or act in it: John Huston made some great movies. The film was made by Goldcrest Productions. So why didn't Garbo make any films after 1941?Production, direction and recording

make verb (CAUSE)

B1 [T] to cause something: The kids made such a mess in the kitchen. The bullet made a hole right through his chest. [+ infinitive without to] The wind is making my eyes water. What made you change your mind? Just seeing Woody Allen's face is enough to make me laugh. The photograph makes me look about 80!Causing things to happen

make verb (CAUSE TO BE)

[T] to cause to be, to become, or to appear as: [+ noun] It's the good weather that makes Spain such a popular tourist destination. [+ past participle] She had to shout to make herself heard above the sound of the music. I can make myself understood in French, but I'm not fluent. They went up to the Ambassador and made themselves known (to her). [+ adj] The company accounts have not yet been made public. The book's advertised as "navigation made easy". The president has made Henry Paulson his Secretary of the Treasury. I'll have a steak - no, make that chicken.Causing things to happen make certain/sure A2 to take action so that you are certain that something happens, is true, etc.: I'll just make sure I've turned the oven off. Make certain (that) we have enough drink for the party. Make sure you're home by midnight. Jones made sure of his place in the side with three fine goals. I think I locked the door but I'll go back and check just to make sure.CertaintyConfidence and self-assurance

make verb (PERFORM)

A2 [T] to perform an action: I must make a phone call. Somebody has made a donation of £1 million to Oxfam. I need to make a trip to the shops. On foot they could only make about 20 miles a day. We must make a decision by tomorrow. You're not making any effort. Someone has made a mistake/an error. We're making good progress. She has made a request for a new car. We made an offer of £150,000 for the house. She made a short speech. Shall we make a start on the work? Can I make a suggestion? We made good time getting across town. There's a drunk at the door making trouble.Performing a functionFunctioning make room/space/way C2 If you make room/space/way for something or someone, you move or move other things, so that there is space for it, him, or her.General words for movement

make verb (FORCE)

make sb do sth B1 to force someone or something to do something: You can't make him go if he doesn't want to. The vet put something down the dog's throat to make it vomit.Causing somebody to actUrging and persuading be made to do sth to be forced to do something: The prisoners are made to dig holes and fill them in again.Causing somebody to actUrging and persuading

make verb (BE/BECOME)

C1 [L only + noun] to be or become something, usually by having the necessary characteristics: I don't think he will ever make a (good) lawyer. He's a competent enough officer, but I doubt he'll ever make general. It's a story that would make a great film. She decided the back room would make a good study. Champagne and caviar make a wonderful combination. The story makes fascinating reading.Existing and being [T] If people or things make a particular pattern, they are arranged in that way: Let's make a circle. Those seven bright stars make the shape of a saucepan.Comprising and consisting ofIncluding and containing

make verb (TOTAL)

[L only + noun, T] to produce a total when added together: 12 and 12 make 24. Today's earthquake makes five since the beginning of the year. [+ obj + noun ] I've got 29 different teapots in my collection - if I buy this one that'll make it 30.Calculations and calculatingAddition, subtraction, multiplication and division

make verb (CALCULATE)

[T + obj + noun ] to calculate as: How much do you make the total? I make the answer (to be) 105.6. What do you make the time?/What time do you make it?Calculations and calculatingAddition, subtraction, multiplication and division

make verb (EARN/GET)

B2 [T] to earn or get: She makes $100,000 a year as a doctor. How do you make a living as a painter? The company has made huge profits/losses. He's very good at making new friends.Earning money and money earned

make verb (ARRIVE)

B1 [T] informal to arrive at or reach, especially successfully: She made it to the airport just in time to catch her plane. He made it to the bed and then collapsed. Could you make a meeting at 8 a.m.?/Could you make 8 a.m. for the meeting?Arriving, entering and invading

make verb (PERFECT)

[T] informal to cause to be perfect: Those little bows round the neck really make the dress!Perfect and faultlessUnspoilt


noun [C] uk   /meɪk/ us  
a type of product or the name of the company that made it: What make is your laptop?Products and producersBuying and selling in general
(Definition of make from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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