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make

verb [T]
 
 
/meɪk/ ( past tense and past participle made)
CREATE A1 to produce or create something: Shall I make some coffee? They've made a film about her life. My mother made the curtains.Creating and producingInventing, designing and innovation
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.Performing a functionFunctioning
make sb do sth B1 to force someone to do something: You can't make me go.Causing somebody to actUrging and persuading
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.Causing things to happen
GO TO B1 to be able to go to an event: I'm afraid I can't make the meeting this afternoon.PresentAvailable and accessibleUnavailable and inaccessible
EARN MONEY B2 If you make an amount of money, you earn it: He makes $80,000 a year.Earning money and money earned
NUMBERS If two or more numbers make a particular amount, that is the amount when they are added together: That makes $40 altogether.Calculations and calculatingAddition, subtraction, multiplication and division
PERSONAL QUALITIES [T] to have the right qualities to become a father or mother or to do a particular job: Andy would make a good teacher.Mind and personalityScience of psychology and psychoanalysisConditions and characteristics
GIVE A JOB [+ two objects] to give someone a particular job: They made her a director of the company.Recruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs
make an appointment to arrange to do something at a particular time: I've made an appointment with the doctor.Meeting peopleOfficial meetings
make the bed to make the sheets and covers on a bed tidyCleaning and tidying places and things
make time to leave enough time to do something although you are busy: [+ to do sth] You must make time to do your homework.Schedules and agendasLists and catalogues
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.Accepting and agreeing reluctantlyAccepting and agreeingApproving and approval
make it to manage to arrive at a place: Will we make it in time for the film?Arriving, entering and invading to be successful: Very few actors actually make it.Succeeding, achieving and fulfilling
(Definition of make verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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