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Spanish translation of “make”

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 We made an arrangement/agreement/deal/bargain.
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 a dressmaker.
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.
(Definition of make from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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