Translation of "make" - English-Spanish dictionary

make

verb uk /meɪk/ (present participle making, past tense and past participle made)

A1 to create something

hacer, producir
Shall I make some coffee?
They’ve made a movie about her life.
Butter is made from milk.
be made of something

A2 to consist of a particular material

estar hecho de algo
The ring is made of gold.

A2 to perform an action

hacer
I need to make a phone call.
Someone’s made a mistake.
make someone do something

B1 to force someone to do something

obligar a alguien a hacer algo
You can’t make me go.

B1 to cause something to happen

hacer
He really makes me laugh.

B1 to cause a particular state

hacer, poner
This heat makes me very tired.
You’ve made me very happy.

If you make an amount of money, you earn it.

ganar
He makes £30,000 a year.

If two or more numbers make a particular amount, that is the amount when they are added together.

ser
That makes $40 altogether.
make the bed

to make the sheets and covers on a bed tidy

hacer la cama
make it informal

B1 to arrive at a place at the right time

llegar a tiempo
Will we make it in time for the movie?
make it informal

to be successful

tener éxito
Very few actors actually make it.
→ Phrasal verbs make something into something , make something/someone out , make something up
noun uk /meɪk/

the name of a company that makes a particular product

marca
I like your bike. What make is it?

(Translation of “make” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

make

verb /meik/ (past tense, past participle made /meid/)

to create, form or produce

hacer, construir, fabricar
God made the Earth
She makes all her own clothes
He made it out of paper
He made a muddle/mess of the job.
I’m going to make lunch/coffee

to compel, force or cause (a person or thing to do something)

hacer, obligar
They made her do it
He made me laugh.

to cause to be

hacer, poner, volver
I made it clear
You’ve made me very unhappy.

to gain or earn

ganar, hacer
He makes $100 a week
We make a profit of around £1,500 per day.

(of numbers etc) to add up to; to amount to

ser, equivaler
2 and 2 make(s) 4.

to become, turn into, or be

ser, hacer
He’ll make an excellent teacher.

to estimate as

calcular
I make the total 483.

to appoint, or choose, as

nombrar, elegir
He was made manager.

used with many nouns to give a similar meaning to that of the verb from which the noun is formed

hacer
He made several attempts (= attempted several times)
They made a left turn (= turned left)
He made (= offered) a suggestion/proposal
Have you any comments to make?
maker noun

a person who makes

fabricante, creador
a tool-maker
making noun

the process of producing or forming something

fabricación
glassmaking
(also adjective) He set up a guitar-making company.
make-believe noun

the act or art of pretending and imagining

simulación, fingimiento
a world of make-believe
(also adjective) a make-believe world.
makeover noun

a (complete) change in a person’s appearance made by cosmetic treatment, new hairstyle, new clothes etc

transformación
She’s had a complete makeover since you last saw her.
makeshift adjective

temporary and usually of poor quality

improvisado, provisional
a makeshift shelter.
make-up noun

cosmetics applied to the face etc

maquillaje
She never wears any make-up.

the set, or combination, of characteristics or ingredients that together form something, eg a personality; composition

carácter
Violence is just not part of his make-up.
have the makings of

to have the clear ability for becoming

tener madera de
Your son has the makings of an excellent engineer.
in the making

being made or formed at this very moment

en formación
A revolution is in the making.
make a/one’s bed

to tidy and straighten the sheets, blankets etc on a bed after it has been used

hacer la cama
The children make their own beds every morning.
make believe

to pretend (that)

hacer ver
The children made believe they were animals.
make do (with with)

to use something as a poor-quality or temporary alternative to the real thing

arreglárselas con
There’s no meat, so we’ll have to make do with potatoes.
make for phrasal verb

to go towards

dirigirse hacia
We were making for home when something unusual happened.
make it

to be successful

tener éxito, llegar hasta arriba
After several years of hard work, the band finally made it and got a recording contract.
make it up phrasal verb

to become friends again after a quarrel

reconciliarse
It’s time you two made it up (with each other).

to give compensation or make amends for something

compensar
I’m sorry – I’ll make it up to you somehow.
make (something) of (something) phrasal verb

to understand (something) by or from (something)

comprender, entender
What do you make of all this?
make out phrasal verb

to see, hear or understand

distinguir, divisar
He could make out a ship in the distance.

to make it seem that

pretender
He made out that he was earning a huge amount of money.

to write or fill in

hacer
The doctor made out a prescription.

(slang) to kiss, hug and caress; to neck

darse el lote, pegarse el lote
They were making out in the back seat of the car.
make over phrasal verb

to change something or turn it into something else

convertir, transformar
They made over the room as an office
The plastic surgeon made her face over.
make up phrasal verb

to invent

inventar
He made up the whole story.

to compose or be part(s) of

componer, formar, integrar
The group was mainly made up of doctors and lawyers.

to complete

completar
We need one more player – will you make up the number(s)?

to apply cosmetics to (the face)

maquillar
She was making up her face in front of the mirror.

to become friends again (after a quarrel etc)

hacer las paces, reconciliarse
They’ve finally made up (their disagreement).
make up for phrasal verb

to supply a reward, substitute etc for disappointment, damage, loss (of money or time) etc

compensar
Next week we’ll try to make up for lost time.
make up one’s mind

to make a decision

decidirse, tomar una decisión
He finally made up his mind about the job.
make up to phrasal verb

to try to gain the favour/favor or love of by flattery etc

halagar
She’s always making up to the teacher by bringing him presents.
made of is used in speaking of the material from which an object is constructed etc: This table is made of wood/plastic/steel. made from is used in speaking of the raw material from which something has been produced by a process of manufacture: Paper is made from wood/rags.

(Translation of “make” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)