Meaning of "make" in Essential English Dictionary


verb uk /meɪk/ (making, made)

A1 to create something:

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:

The ring is made of gold.

A2 to perform an action:

I must make a telephone call.
Someone’s made a mistake.

B1 to cause something to happen or cause a particular state:

He really makes me laugh.
This heat makes me very tired.
make someone do something

B1 to force someone to do something:

You can’t make me go.
make someone/something happy, sad, difficult, etc.

to cause someone or something to become happy, sad, difficult, etc.:

You’ve made me very happy.

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

He makes £30,000 a year.

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

That makes $40 altogether.
make the bed

to make the sheets and covers on a bed tidy

make it informal

B1 to arrive at a place at the right time:

Will we make it in time for the movie?
make it informal

to be successful:

Very few actors actually make it.

(Definition of “make” from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)