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verb [T]
/meɪk/ (made, made)
to produce or prepare goods, etc.: The firm is only a small player in the industry, making around 1,000 vehicles a year. We make software that allows mobile employees to connect securely to their corporate networks.made of sth The bottles are made of opaque glass so that the contents cannot be seen.made from sth All our coffee is made from beans sourced locally.
to earn or receive money: make money Investors are hoping that one day "green" companies will make serious money.make $30,000/£500/€75m, etc. The state of Alaska makes around $50 million a year on tobacco taxes. She makes around £100,000 a year as a dentist.make sth on sth They made $500,000 in total on the deal.make a living In this area it's hard to make a living as a gardener.
to do a particular thing: make a decision/mistake/improvement No major decisions are made without the CEO's approval.make a deal/purchase/offer The deal includes a $25 million break-up fee, which could encourage other bidders to make a competing offer.
to say something officially or formally: make a recommendation/statement/judgment The audit makes a series of recommendations.make an announcement/a comment/a speech Both parties plan to make an announcement before Christmas.
to choose someone as something, or employ someone as something: He was made Principal Analyst within a year of joining the company.
to cause someone or something to be in a particular state: In August this year, she was made redundant from her job at the bank after 15 years' service.make sth available/accessible/user-friendly One of the project's key goals is to make the website available in different languages.
make a market (in sth) to be ready, willing, and able to buy or sell particular bonds, shares, etc. as a dealer: Western investment banks are being allowed to make a market in Chinese domestic shares.
make a payment/loan/investment, etc. to pay, lend, invest, etc. money: Shareholders may authorize a third party, such as a bank or employer, to make investments directly to their Fund accounts.
make a profit/loss to earn or lose more money than you spend: The business made a pre-tax profit of £14.9m last year.
make a go of sth informal to make something successful: They spent nearly all their savings trying to make a go of the business. It has become increasingly difficult for independent operators to make a go of it.
make good ( also make it (big)) informal to become rich and successful: After years of hard work, she finally made good. Los Angeles is full of people who go there to "make it big" like the stars in Hollywood.
make good a deficit, shortfall, etc. to reduce the bad effect of there not being enough of something, for example money: Many employers have been called upon to make good the deficits in their pension plans. Exports of North Sea oil and gas dried up and failed to make good the shortfall in the manufacturing sector.
make sth good to pay for or repair something that has been damaged: The company is not under any liability to make good any damage to the site.
make good on sth to do something that you have promised to do, for example paying back money that you owe or paying for the cost of damage you have caused: The company did not acknowledge its future obligation to make good on the losses sustained by its offshore partnerships.
make or break to cause someone or something either to be very successful, or to cause them to fail: The first year of trading can make or break a new business.
(Definition of make verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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