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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)
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