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make

Definitions

  • Making a Valuation Survey
    Making a Valuation Survey
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v make act in a certain way so as to acquire "make friends","make enemies"
    • v make eliminate urine "Again, the cat had made on the expensive rug"
    • v make have a bowel movement "The dog had made in the flower beds"
    • v make behave in a certain way "make merry"
    • v make give certain properties to something "get someone mad","She made us look silly","He made a fool of himself at the meeting","Don't make this into a big deal","This invention will make you a millionaire","Make yourself clear"
    • v make put in order or neaten "make the bed","make up a room"
    • v make develop into "He will make a splendid father!"
    • v make change from one form into another "make water into wine","make lead into gold","make clay into bricks"
    • v make favor the development of "Practice makes the winner"
    • v make cause to be enjoyable or pleasurable "make my day"
    • v make institute, enact, or establish "make laws"
    • v make calculate as being "I make the height about 100 feet"
    • v make consider as being "It wasn't the problem some people made it"
    • v make make, formulate, or derive in the mind "I draw a line here","draw a conclusion","draw parallels","make an estimate","What do you make of his remarks?"
    • v make cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner "The ads induced me to buy a VCR","My children finally got me to buy a computer","My wife made me buy a new sofa"
    • v make represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like "She makes like an actress"
    • v make assure the success of "A good review by this critic will make your play!"
    • v make induce to have sex "Harry finally seduced Sally","Did you score last night?","Harry made Sally"
    • v make make or cause to be or to become "make a mess in one's office","create a furor"
    • v make create or design, often in a certain way "Do my room in blue","I did this piece in wood to express my love for the forest"
    • v make create or manufacture a man-made product "We produce more cars than we can sell","The company has been making toys for two centuries"
    • v make create by artistic means "create a poem","Schoenberg created twelve-tone music","Picasso created Cubism","Auden made verses"
    • v make give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally "cause a commotion","make a stir","cause an accident"
    • v make compel or make somebody or something to act in a certain way "People cannot be made to integrate just by passing a law!","Heat makes you sweat"
    • v make make by shaping or bringing together constituents "make a dress","make a cake","make a wall of stones"
    • v make make by combining materials and parts "this little pig made his house out of straw","Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer"
    • v make prepare for eating by applying heat "Cook me dinner, please","can you make me an omelette?","fix breakfast for the guests, please"
    • v make organize or be responsible for "hold a reception","have, throw, or make a party","give a course"
    • v make gather and light the materials for "make a fire"
    • v make perform or carry out "make a decision","make a move","make advances","make a phone call"
    • v make reach a destination, either real or abstract "We hit Detroit by noon","The water reached the doorstep","We barely made it to the finish line","I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"
    • v make reach in time "We barely made the plane"
    • v make reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team" "We made it!","She may not make the grade"
    • v make proceed along a path "work one's way through the crowd","make one's way into the forest"
    • v make head into a specified direction "The escaped convict took to the hills","We made for the mountains"
    • v make appear to begin an activity "He made to speak but said nothing in the end","She made as if to say hello to us"
    • v make earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages "How much do you make a month in your new job?","She earns a lot in her new job","this merger brought in lots of money","He clears $5,000 each month"
    • v make achieve a point or goal "Nicklaus had a 70","The Brazilian team got 4 goals","She made 29 points that day"
    • v make charge with a function; charge to be "She was named Head of the Committee","She was made president of the club"
    • v make engage in "make love, not war","make an effort","do research","do nothing","make revolution"
    • v make carry out or commit "make a mistake","commit a faux-pas"
    • v make form by assembling individuals or constituents "Make a quorum"
    • v make constitute the essence of "Clothes make the man"
    • v make to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting" "The branches made a roof","This makes a fine introduction"
    • v make amount to "This salary increase makes no difference to my standard of living"
    • v make be or be capable of being changed or made into "He makes a great host","He will make a fine father"
    • v make add up to "four and four make eight"
    • v make be suitable for "Wood makes good furniture"
    • v make undergo fabrication or creation "This wool makes into a nice sweater"
    • n make the act of mixing cards haphazardly
    • n make a recognizable kind "there's a new brand of hero in the movies now","what make of car is that?"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Suvaroff makes a speech to some of his soldiers Suvaroff makes a speech to some of his soldiers
Making brooms from brushwood at Antibes for use on army roads Making brooms from brushwood at Antibes for use on army roads
PUSS MAKES A PRESENT TO THE KING PUSS MAKES A PRESENT TO THE KING
Dad and Leopold Make a Rush for That Swimming Place 372 Dad and Leopold Make a Rush for That Swimming Place 372
Making pottery at Jamestown, about 1625-40. (Painting by Sidney E. King.) Making pottery at Jamestown, about 1625-40. (Painting by Sidney E. King.)
SAMSON MAKING SPORT FOR THE PHILISTINES SAMSON MAKING SPORT FOR THE PHILISTINES
A TORPEDOED MERCHANTMAN ON THE SHOALS: SALVAGE OFFICERS MAKING A SURVEY A TORPEDOED MERCHANTMAN ON THE SHOALS: SALVAGE OFFICERS MAKING A SURVEY
MAKING IT EASY MAKING IT EASY

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, 350 squirts are needed from milking a cow to make a gallon of milk
    • n make māk A companion; a mate; often, a husband or a wife. "For in this world no woman is
      Worthy to be my make ."
    • n Make Structure, texture, constitution of parts; construction; shape; form. "It our perfection of so frail a make As every plot can undermine and shake?"
    • Make To act in a certain manner; to have to do; to manage; to interfere; to be active; -- often in the phrase to meddle or make. "A scurvy, jack-a-nape priest to meddle or make ."
    • make To be engaged or concerned in. "Gomez, what makest thou here, with a whole brotherhood of city bailiffs?"
    • make To become; to be, or to be capable of being, changed or fashioned into; to do the part or office of; to furnish the material for; as, he will make a good musician; sweet cider makes sour vinegar; wool makes warm clothing. "And old cloak makes a new jerkin."
    • make To bring about; to bring forward; to be the cause or agent of; to effect, do, perform, or execute; -- often used with a noun to form a phrase equivalent to the simple verb that corresponds to such noun; as, to make complaint, for to complain; to make record of, for to record; to make abode, for to abide, etc.
    • make To cause to appear to be; to constitute subjectively; to esteem, suppose, or represent. "He is not that goose and ass that Valla would make him."
    • make To cause to be or become; to put into a given state verb, or adjective; to constitute; as, to make known; to make public; to make fast. "Who made thee a prince and a judge over us?""See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh."
    • make To cause to exist; to bring into being; to form; to produce; to frame; to fashion; to create.
    • Make To compose verses; to write poetry; to versify. "To solace him some time, as I do when I make ."
    • make To compose, as parts, ingredients, or materials; to constitute; to form; to amount to; as, a pound of ham makes a hearty meal. "The heaven, the air, the earth, and boundless sea, Make but one temple for the Deity."
    • make To execute with the requisite formalities; as, to make a bill, note, will, deed, etc.
    • make To find, as the result of calculation or computation; to ascertain by enumeration; to find the number or amount of, by reckoning, weighing, measurement, and the like; as, he made the distance of; to travel over; as, the ship makes ten knots an hour; he made the distance in one day.
    • make To form of materials; to cause to exist in a certain form; to construct; to fabricate.
    • make To gain, as the result of one's efforts; to get, as profit; to make acquisition of; to have accrue or happen to one; as, to make a large profit; to make an error; to make a loss; to make money.
    • Make To increase; to augment; to accrue.
    • Make To proceed; to tend; to move; to go; as, he made toward home; the tiger made at the sportsmen.
    • make To produce, as something artificial, unnatural, or false; -- often with up; as, to make up a story.
    • make To put in a desired or desirable condition; to cause to thrive.
    • make To reach; to attain; to arrive at or in sight of. "And make the Libyan shores.""They that sail in the middle can make no land of either side."
    • make To require; to constrain; to compel; to force; to cause; to occasion; -- followed by a noun or pronoun and infinitive. "I will make them hear my words.""They should be made to rise at their early hour."
    • Make To tend; to contribute; to have effect; -- with for or against; as, it makes for his advantage. "Follow after the things which make for peace.""Considerations infinite
      Do make against it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Movies approximately make five times more from video sales than ticket sales
    • make To give being to; bring into existence; cause to exist as a distinct thing or entity; create, in either a primary or a secondary sense; be the author of; produce: as, God made man in his own image; to make a book, or a will; to make laws or regulations; to make an estimate, a calculation, or a plan.
    • make To give form or character to; fashion; fabricate, construct, form, or compose. Make is used with of, out of, or from before the material used, with before the means used, by before the operative agency or method, and for or an infinitive before the purpose or destination.
    • make To fashion suitably; adapt in formation or constitution; design or intend in making: generally in the passive, followed by for or an infinitive with to.
    • make To convert or transform, as into something different; cause to receive a new form or condition: with into expressed or understood.
    • make To fashion by action or preparation: bring into condition or order; fit for use or service; arrange; prepare: as, to make hay or a crop; to make a garden; to make a feast.
    • make To form, constitute, or compose; be the basis, groundwork, material, or constituent parts of: as, milk makes both butter and cheese; rye flour makes dark-colored bread; he will make a good lawyer; two and two make four; citizens make the state.
    • make To form, produce, or constitute by causation or influence; be the cause or occasion of; give rise to; raise up: used in both a physical and a moral sense: as, a wet season makes bad harvests; to make an excavation or a vacuum; to make a rent in a garment; to make a good impression; to make trouble; to make friends or enemies; to make a mountain out of a molehill; to make merchandise of one's principles.
    • make To cause, induce, constrain, or compel: followed by an infinitive, usually without the sign to: as, to make a horse go; to make a person forget his misfortunes; to make anything seem better or worse than it is.
    • make To cause to be, become, or appear: put iuto the state or condition of being; afford occasion, opportunity, or means of being or seeming: as, to make one's wants known; to make a person glad or sorry; oppression made them rebels; to make a law of no effect.
    • make To cause to be in the condition of; constitute or appoint; invest with the rank, power, or attributes of.
    • make To cause to be perceived; bring into view or apprehension; manifest by demonstration or representation: as, to make a show of devotion; to make a feint of attacking.
    • make Used absolutely, to bring into the desired condition; render independent; set up; establish the fortune, independence, fame, or standing of.
    • make To bring about or to pass; be the agent in doing, performing, or effecting; accomplish, consummate, or achieve by effort or agency; effect: as, to make peace; the waves made havoc on the coast; he made the distance in one hour; the earth makes yearly revolutions round the sun; the ship made ten knots an hour; to make a hearty meal; to make a landing, a survey, or a visit. Make is used periphrastically, with an object (with or without a possessive or an adjective preceding or a prepositional adjunct following), in a great variety of analogous applications, where the action may be expressed by a verb corresponding to the object: as, to make haste, choice, complaint, provision, delivery, mention, etc.; to make an appearance, one's escape, a halt, a pretense, etc.; equivalent to hasten, choose, complain, provide, deliver, mention, appear, escape, halt, pretend, etc.
    • make To bring or draw in or into possession; acquire or attain; gain, get, or obtain: as, to make money or profit; to make so many points in a game; to make a fortune or a reputation; in a negative sense, to make a loss.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It requires 63 feet of wire to make a Slinky toy
    • v.t Make māk to fashion, frame, or form: to produce: to bring about: to perform: to force: to render: to represent, or cause to appear to be: to turn: to occasion: to bring into any state or condition: to establish: to prepare: to obtain: to ascertain: to arrive in sight of: to reach:
    • v.i Make to tend or move: to contribute:
    • n Make form or shape: structure, texture
    • n Make a mere pretence
    • adj Make having the character of a temporary resource
    • n Make māk (Spens.) a mate, consort, equal
    • v.t Make māk (B.) to be occupied with: to do
    • v.i Make (B.) to feign or pretend:—pa.t. and pa.p. māde
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Quotations

  • Frederick W. Robertson
    Frederick W. Robertson
    “It is not the situation that makes the man, but the man who makes the situation.”
  • Michelangelo
    Michelangelo
    “Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner.”
  • Shepherd Mead
    Shepherd Mead
    “If we want to make something really superb on this planet, there is nothing whatever that can stop us.”
  • Quintus Curtius Rufus
    Quintus Curtius Rufus
    “Fear makes men believe the worst.”
  • E. Joseph Cossman
    E. Joseph Cossman
    “Square meals often make round people.”

Idioms

Absence makes the heart grow fonder - This idiom means that when people are apart, their love grows stronger.
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Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise - It means that sleeping well and not staying up late will help you out physically and financially.
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Empty vessels make the most noise - The thoughtless often speak the most.
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Good fences make good neighbours - This means that it is better for people to mind their own business and to respect the privacy of others. ('Good fences make good neighbors' is the American English spelling.)
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Good walls make good neighbours - Your relationship with your neighbours depends, among other things, on respecting one another's privacy.
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Haste makes waste - This idiom means that if you try to do something quickly, without planning it, you're likely to end up spending more time, money, etc, doing it.
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If you are given lemons make lemonade - Always try and make the best out of a bad situation. With some ingenuity you can make a bad situation useful.
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In the making - When something is in the making, it means it is in the process of being made.
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Make a better fist - If someone makes a better fist of doing something, they do a better job.
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Make a clean breast - If someone makes a clean breast, they confess in full to something they have done.
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Make a killing - If you make a killing, you do something that makes you a lot of money.
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Make a meal - If someone makes a meal of something, they spend too long doing it or make it look more difficult than it really is.
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Make a mint - If someone is making a mint, they are making a lot of money.
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Make a monkey of someone - If you make a monkey of someone, you make them look foolish.
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Make a mountain out of a molehill - If somebody makes a mountain out of a molehill, they exaggerate the importance or seriousness of a problem.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. maken, makien, AS. macian,; akin to OS. makn, OFries. makia, D. maken, G. machen, OHG. mahhn, to join, fit, prepare, make, Dan. mage,. Cf. Match an equal

Usage

In literature:

Young Perry was making, or was prepared to make, somewhat of a prolonged stay at Noningsby.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
So I must make my choice.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
I'll make no plans, and I'll make no wishes.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
His ambition was to make a better plow than any other living man could make, and then sell it at a price the farmer could afford to pay.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
The sun was shining when Doris opened her eyes, and she rubbed them to make sure she was not dreaming.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Primitive religion is ritualistic, not because religion makes ritual, but because ritual makes religion.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Frogs make most charming pets, and I am never without a few on my study table.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Of course this petition disproves all our statements about your capacity for making friends and for making your friends get your ideas.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Can you not afford to make a little sacrifice, when we make one so great?
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
If we can get just enough to make 'em afraid to put you onto the witness-stand, that much may make 'em quit their barking.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
She's making way yet!
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
He knew how to make his way!
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
He makes you care, he makes you show it, he drives you on and on.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Those lines which make equal angles with two other lines, but contrary ways.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The men never cease making money for themselves, nor the women making slippers for their clergymen.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
If the grounds are to be enlarged, try to take in sufficient land of good quality to make a good garden.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
I tell you, it is the giving up those houses that makes me in want of capital, so you are bound to make it up to me.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Could I take you to Italy and make an Italian of you, or to Germany and make a German?
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
The players, holding hands, make a ring around this, and try to make one of the number step into the poison circle.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Ask me to prove that two added to two make four, ask me how many beans make five, and I gracefully retire.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
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In poetry:

Make way, make way,
You thwarting stones;
Room for my play,
Serious ones.
"The Stream’s Song" by Lascelles Abercrombie
Awake in me the thrill of joy,
Or bow my soul in grief;
And makes me strive to make thee blest,
Or yield thy pangs relief.
"To Mary" by James Avis Bartley
"Make ready, make ready, my merry-men a'!
Our gude ship sails the morn."
"Now ever alake, my master dear,
I fear a deadly storm!
"Sir Patrick Spens" by Anonymous British
I too will something make
And joy in the making!
Altho' tomorrow it seem'
Like the empty words of a dream
Remembered, on waking.
"I Love All Beauteous Things" by Robert Seymour Bridges
"Make ready, make ready, my merry men a',
Our gude ship sails the morn!"--
"Now, ever alack, my master dear,
I fear a deadly storm!
"Sir Patrick Spens" by Henry Morley
No king so great, nor prince so strong,
But death can make to yield,
Yea, bind and lay them all along,
And make them quit the field.
"Of Death" by John Bunyan

In news:

Maybe you HAVE to drink to make this weeks episode make sense.
DETROIT (AP) — A leaner General Motors arose on Friday, making an unusually quick exit from bankruptcy with ambitions of making money and building cars people are eager to buy.
MOG .com's combination of music and blogs makes for social networking with a point—discovering cool new music and the people who like (and make) it.
This week we have a big money making deal scenario at Rite Aid which includes an Oral B ToothBrush AND Crest Toothbrush, both FREE plus you will MAKE $7 following the deal scenario.
Making large gifts now makes sense.
A Loyola student learns you don't need a recording contract to make money making music.
Municipal attorney Dennis Wheeler told CBS 11 News Monday his office filed the protective order to make sure all attorneys involved don't make the mistake of ruining jury pools.
"Nothing makes a more dramatic impact on an environment than a mural … Murals make a space larger and more colorful they create a theme," Holland said.
A Wisconsin TV anchor is making news by calling out a critic who said her weight makes her a bad role model WKBT-TV's Jennifer Livingston speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts.
The Office comic actor Rainn Wilson is making a pitch for there to be a national holiday called Voting Day, saying it would make it easier for more Americans to cast their ballots.
Curt Schilling says the Red Sox won't make it, then they make him look like a prophet.
Some celebrities pop up overnight, helped along by a star-making performance that makes it seem as if they came out of nowhere.
The making of the city on the make .
Holiday traditions make the season magical Making holiday traditions that my children will want to come home for when they are grown.
"When I make it for company, people think it took a long time to make," she said.
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In science:

We plan to make some improvements in order to make the development easier.
Integration of GRACE and PYTHIA
The operations △ and ▽ have a queueing-theoretic interpretation, which we will make strong use of when we make the connection with the Robinson-Schensted correspondence in the next section.
A path-transformation for random walks and the Robinson-Schensted correspondence
But finding a spike at the correct scale is not enough to make sure it is not a spurious noise artifact, we have to follow it across scales to make sure that it scales appropriately.
On Optimal Detection of Point Sources in CMB Maps
There are |Im (B )| interpretations of a that make E ∪ K true; of these at least 1 − δ make “F (a)” true.
Evaluating Defaults
By making M sufficiently large and making Db sufficiently long and skinny, we can make ||f − fD ||A∗ arbitrarily large even while making ||∇f ||A arbitrarily small.
Random Surfaces
In cases with some neutrino mass degeneracy (inverse hierarchy or degenerate) and making the reasonable assumption that the leptonic K¨ahler matrices K L, K e and K ν can be written as perturbations of the identity, K φ = I + ∆φ, we can make a different type of expansion, in first orden of the perturbations ∆φ .
Flavour Symmetries and Kahler Operators
This Subsection makes two points which are in common between the theories; the next makes points which are specific to general relativity.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Therefore, to make a conclusion about stability/instability of original system one has to make the inverse transform.
Geometry of Dynamical Systems
Clearly, it will be desirable to make c as small as possible; if we can make c arbitrarily small, we will have established Proposition 2.5.
On the singularity probability of random Bernoulli matrices
For comparison of measurements to RMT predictions to make sense, we have to make the assumption of ergodicity.
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
One needs to make very specific choices of fitting parameters to make this function resemble an NFW profile.
Halo Mass Profiles and Low Surface Brightness Galaxies Rotation Curves
Notice that making the random variables In independent does not make ⊳ I -invariant.
Random orderings of the integers and card shuffling
However, the change of the sign makes the corresponding time scale specific and requires additional physical process that “makes” the sign to change.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
We apply the Arrow-forcing Theorem to find an even starting position that makes arr(x, t) = −1 if x > 0 and t ≤ t0 − tmax (x) or x < 0 and t > t0 − tmax (x) and makes arr(x, t) = −1 otherwise.
Deterministic Random Walks on the Integers
Therefore, by shrink the length of the curves in C over which we translate, i.e. by making r (and hence ǫr ) small enough, we can make ||y − φr,t (y )|| arbitrarily small.
A higher dimensional generalization of taut foliations
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