make - Definition in the Essential British English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “make”

See all translations

make

verb
 
/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)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “make” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lateral thinking

a way of solving a problem by thinking about it in a different and original way and not using traditional or expected methods

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More