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English definition of “make”


verb [T] (ARRIVE)    /meɪk/ (made, made) informal
B1 to arrive at or reach , especially successfully : She made it to the airport just in time to catch her plane . He made it to the bed and then collapsed . Could you make a meeting at 8 a.m.?/Could you make 8 a.m. for the meeting ?Arriving, entering and invading Grammar:Do or make?When we use do and make with noun phrases, do focuses on the process of acting or performing something, make emphasises more the product or outcome of an action:Grammar:MakeThe verb make can be used in a number of ways.
(Definition of make verb (ARRIVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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