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Spanish translation of “make”

make

verb /meik/ (past tense, past participle made /meid/)
to create, form or produce 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 I make the total 483. to appoint, or choose, as 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 a tool-maker a dressmaker. making noun the process of producing or forming something glassmaking (also adjective) He set up a guitar-making company.. make-believe noun the act or art of pretending and imagining 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 She’s had a complete makeover since you last saw her. makeshift adjective temporary and usually of poor quality a makeshift shelter. make-up noun cosmetics applied to the face etc She never wears any make-up. the set, or combination, of characteristics or ingredients that together form something, eg a personality; composition 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 engineer.
in the making being made or formed at this very moment 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 There’s no meat, so we’ll have to make do with potatoes. make for 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 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 I’m sorry – I’ll make it up to you somehow.
make (something) of (something) to understand (something) by or from (something) What do you make of all this? make out to see, hear or understand He could make out a ship in the distance. to make it seem that 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 (American) to change something or turn it into something else They made over the room as an office The plastic surgeon made her face over. make up to invent He made up the whole story. to compose or be part(s) of The group was mainly made up of doctors and lawyers. to complete We need one more player – will you make up the number(s)? to apply cosmetics to (the face) 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 to supply a reward, substitute etc for disappointment, damage, loss (of money or time) etc Next week we’ll try to make up for lost time. make up one’s mind to make a decision He finally made up his mind about the job. make up to to try to gain the favour or love of by flattery etc 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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