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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: Do you want me to make some coffee? He 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 furniture. The label on the box said "made in China". Butter is made out of/from milk. earrings made of gold Her new trainer has promised to make an Olympic athlete of her.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 movie was made by Goldcrest Productions. So why didn't Garbo make any films after 1941?
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make verb (CAUSE)

B1 [T] to cause something: The kids made a real 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!
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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.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 food for the party. Make sure you're home by midnight. Jones made sure of his place on the team with three great goals. I think I locked the door but I'll go back and check just to make sure.
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make verb (PERFORM)

A2 [T] to perform an action: I have to make a phone call. Somebody has made a donation of £1 million to the charity Oxfam. I need to make a doctor's appointment. 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 £450,000 for the house. She made a short speech. Is it time to 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.make room/space/way C2 If you make room/space/way for something or someone, you move your body or move other things, so that there is space for it, him, or her.make a bed to pull up and tidy the covers on a bed after it has been slept in: She hurried upstairs and quickly made the beds.
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make verb (FORCE)

make sb do sth
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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.
be made to do sth to be forced to do something: The prisoners are made to dig holes and fill them up again.

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 movie. She decided the back room would make a good study. Champagne and caviar make a wonderful combination. The story makes fascinating reading. [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.
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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 have 29 different teapots in my collection - if I buy this one that'll make it 30.
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make verb (CALCULATE)

UK [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?
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  • I make it 2,300.
  • I made it three o'clock exactly when they set off.
  • What do you make his temperature?
  • I make it just gone two o'clock.
  • I make the total £5.69.

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.
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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 an 8 a.m. meeting?
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make verb (GET PLACE)

[T] to succeed in getting a place in a team: She failed to make the Olympic squad.

make verb (APPEAR IN NEWS)

[T] to appear as a story in the news: His story made the papers back home. The civil war in Mozambique made few headlines around the globe.

make verb (PERFECT)

[T] informal to cause to be perfect: Those little bows around the neck really make the dress!


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