Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “make”


verb (BE/BECOME)    /meɪk/ (made, made)
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 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 (BE/BECOME) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of make

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Comprising and consisting of, but you might be interested in these topics from the Including and excluding topic area:

Definitions of “make” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


the skill with which something was made or done

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More