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verb (PERFORM)    /meɪk/ (made, made)
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 Grammar:Do or make?When we use do and make with noun phrases, do focuses on the process of acting or performing something, make emphasises more the product or outcome of an action:See moreGrammar:MakeThe verb make can be used in a number of ways.See more
(Definition of make verb (PERFORM) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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