Meaning of “make” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ T ] us uk /meɪk/ past tense and past participle made
Did you make the dress yourself?Our bodies need to be exposed to sunlight in order to make vitamin D.Have you made a backup?The factory makes washing machines.Hedges had been ripped out to make larger fields.

A1 to produce or create something:

Shall I make some coffee?
They've made a film about her life.
My mother made the curtains.
make a promise/remark/mistake, etc

to promise something, to say something, to do something wrong, etc:

We have to make a decision today.
You're making a big mistake.
She made some useful suggestions.
make sb do sth

B1 to force someone to do something:

You can't make me go.
make sb/sth happy/sad/difficult, etc

B1 to cause someone or something to become happy, sad, difficult, etc:

You've made me very happy.
This is the song that made her a star.
You're making things difficult for yourself.

B1 to be able to go to an event:

I'm afraid I can't make the meeting this afternoon.

B2 If you make an amount of money, you earn it:

He makes $80,000 a year.

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

That makes $40 altogether.

to have the right qualities to become a father or mother or to do a particular job:

Andy would make a good teacher.
GIVE A JOB [ + two objects ]

to give someone a particular job:

They made her a director of the company.
make an appointment

to arrange to do something at a particular time:

I've made an appointment with the doctor.
make the bed

to make the sheets and covers on a bed tidy

make time

to leave enough time to do something although you are busy:

[ + to do sth ] You must make time to do your homework.
make do (with)

to accept that something is less good than you would like:

If we can't get a bigger room we'll have to make do with this.
make it

to manage to arrive at a place:

Will we make it in time for the film?

to be successful:

Very few actors actually make it.

(Definition of “make verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)