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make

 (māk)
v. made (mād), mak·ing, makes
v.tr.
1. To cause to exist or happen; bring about; create: made problems for us; making a commotion.
2. To bring into existence by shaping, modifying, or putting together material; construct: make a dress; made a stone wall.
3. To form by assembling individuals or constituents: We made a temporary information center using savvy volunteers.
4. To change from one form or function to another: make clay into bricks.
5.
a. To cause to be or become: made her position clear; a decision that made him happy.
b. To cause to assume a specified function or role: made her treasurer; made Austin his home.
6.
a. To cause to act in a specified manner: Heat makes gases expand.
b. To compel: made him quit.
7.
a. To form in the mind: make an estimate.
b. To compose: make verses.
8.
a. To prepare; fix: make dinner.
b. To get ready or set in order for use: made the bed.
c. To gather and light the materials for (a fire).
9.
a. To engage in: make war.
b. To carry out; perform: make a phone call; make an incision.
10. To achieve, produce, or attain: made peace between the two sides; not making sense; didn't make the quota.
11.
a. To institute or establish; enact: make laws.
b. To draw up and execute in a suitable form: make a will.
c. To arrange or agree to: make a date.
12.
a. To arrive at; reach: made Seattle in two hours.
b. To reach in time: just made the plane.
13.
a. To attain the rank or position of: made lieutenant.
b. To acquire a place in or on: made the baseball team; made the newspapers.
14.
a. To gain or earn, as by working: make money.
b. To behave so as to acquire: make friends.
c. To score or achieve, as in a sport: made a field goal.
15.
a. To assure the success of: Favorable reviews can make a play.
b. To favor the development of: Practice makes a winning team.
16. To be suited for: Oak makes strong furniture.
17. To develop into: will make a fine doctor.
18.
a. To draw a conclusion as to the significance or nature of: don't know what to make of the decision.
b. To calculate as being; estimate: I make the height 20 feet.
c. To consider as being: wasn't the problem some people made it.
19.
a. To constitute: They make a great team.
b. To add up to: Two and two make four.
c. To amount to: makes no difference.
20. To cover (a distance): made 200 miles before sunset
21. To constitute the essence or nature of: Clothes make the man.
22. To cause to be especially enjoyable or rewarding: Your being along really made the outing.
23. To appear to begin (an action): She made to leave.
24. Slang To persuade to have sexual intercourse.
v.intr.
1. To act or behave in a specified manner: make merry; make free.
2. To begin or appear to begin an action: made as if to shake my hand.
3. To cause something to be as specified: make ready; make sure.
4. To proceed in a certain direction: made for home; made after the thief.
5. Slang To pretend to be; imitate. Used with like: made like a ballerina.
6. To undergo fabrication or manufacture: This wool makes up into a warm shawl.
7. To rise or accumulate: The tide is making.
n.
1.
a. The style or manner in which a thing is made: disliked the make of my coat.
b. A specific line of manufactured goods, identified by the manufacturer's name or the registered trademark: a famous make of shirt.
c. The origin of a product's manufacturing: a bicycle of a French make.
2.
a. The physical or moral nature of a person: found out what make of man he was.
b. The physical nature or build of an animal or person: a horse of a beautiful make.
3. Slang Identification of a person or thing, often from information in police records: Did you get a make on the thief?
Phrasal Verbs:
make for
1. To have or produce (a particular effect or result): small details that make for comfort.
2. To help promote; further: makes for better communication.
make off
To depart in haste; run away.
make out
1. To discern or see, especially with difficulty: I could barely make out the traffic signs through the rain.
2. To understand: could not make out what she said.
3. To write out; draw up: made out the invoices.
4. To fill in (a form, for example).
5. Informal To represent as being: made me out to be a liar.
6. Informal To try to establish or prove: He made out that he was innocent.
7. To get along in a given way; fare: made out well in business.
8. Slang
a. To neck; pet.
b. To have sexual intercourse.
make over
1. To redo; renovate.
2. To change or transfer the ownership of, usually by means of a legal document: made over the property to her son.
make up
1. To put together; construct or compose: make up a prescription.
2. To constitute; form: Ten years make up a decade.
3. To alter one's appearance for a role on the stage, as with a costume and cosmetics.
4. To apply cosmetics.
5. To devise as a fiction or falsehood; invent: made up an excuse.
6. To make good (a deficit or lack): made up the difference in the bill.
7. To compensate for: make up for lost time.
8. To resolve a quarrel: kissed and made up.
9. To make ingratiating or fawning overtures. Used with to: made up to his friend's boss.
10. To take (an examination or course) again or at a later time because of previous absence or failure.
11. To set in order: make up a room.
12. Printing To select and arrange material for: made up the front page.
make with Slang
1. To bring into use: a flirt making with the eyes.
2. To put forth; produce: always making with the jokes.
Idioms:
make a clean breast of
To confess fully.
make a face
To distort the features of the face; grimace.
make a go of
To achieve success in: have made a go of the business.
make away with
1. To carry off; steal.
2. To use up or consume.
3. To kill or destroy.
make believe
To pretend.
make bold
To venture: I will not make so bold as to criticize such a scholar.
make book
To accept bets on a race, game, or contest.
make do
To manage to get along with the means available: had to make do on less income.
make ends meet
To manage so that one's means are sufficient for one's needs.
make eyes
To ogle.
make fun of
To mock; ridicule.
make good
1. To carry out successfully: made good his escape.
2. To fulfill: made good her promise.
3. To make compensation for; make up for: made good the loss.
4. To succeed: made good as a writer.
make hay
To turn to one's advantage: The candidate's opponents made hay of the scandal.
make heads or tails of
To understand: I couldn't make heads or tails of the report.
make history
To do something memorable or spectacular enough to influence the course of history: The first space flight made history.
make it
1. Informal To achieve a goal; be successful: finally made it as an actor.
2. Slang To have sexual intercourse.
make light of
To treat as unimportant: He made light of his illness.
make light work of
To do or accomplish easily.
make love
1. To engage in amorous caressing.
2. To engage in sexual intercourse.
make much of
To treat as of great importance.
make nice
To resolve a quarrel; make up.
make no bones about
To be forthright and candid about; acknowledge freely: They make no bones about their dislike for each other.
make off with
To snatch or steal: made off with the profits.
make (one's) day
To give one great pleasure.
make (one's) peace with
To bring oneself to accept; reconcile oneself to.
make (one's) way
1. To go forward; advance.
2. To succeed, especially in making a living.
make sail
1. To begin a voyage.
2. To set sail.
make sense
1. To be coherent or intelligible: an explanation that made sense.
2. To be practical or advisable: It makes sense to go now.
make something of
To start a fight or quarrel over.
make the grade
To measure up to a given standard.
make the most of
To use to the greatest advantage.
make the scene Slang
1. To put in an appearance: made the scene at the party.
2. To participate in a specified activity: made the drug scene.
make time
1. To travel speedily.
2. To travel at a specified rate: We made good time getting to town.
3. Slang To make progress toward attracting someone: tried to make time with the new neighbor.
make tracks Slang
To move or leave in a hurry.
make up (one's) mind
To decide between alternatives; come to a definite decision or opinion.
make waves Slang
To cause a disturbance or controversy.
make way
1. To give room for passage; move aside.
2. To make progress.
on the make Slang
1. Aggressively striving for financial or social improvement: a young executive on the make.
2. Eagerly seeking a sexual partner.

[Middle English maken, from Old English macian; see mag- in Indo-European roots.]

mak′a·ble, make′a·ble adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.make way - get out of the waymake way - get out of the way; "make way for the President's motorcade"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
Translations
يفْسَح الطَّريق لِمُرور، يُعْطي مجالا لِ
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way

(wei) noun
1. an opening or passageway. This is the way in/out; There's no way through.
2. a route, direction etc. Which way shall we go?; Which is the way to Princes Street?; His house is on the way from here to the school; Will you be able to find your/the way to my house?; Your house is on my way home; The errand took me out of my way; a motorway.
3. used in the names of roads. His address is 21 Melville Way.
4. a distance. It's a long way to the school; The nearest shops are only a short way away.
5. a method or manner. What is the easiest way to write a book?; I know a good way of doing it; He's got a funny way of talking; This is the quickest way to chop onions.
6. an aspect or side of something. In some ways this job is quite difficult; In a way I feel sorry for him.
7. a characteristic of behaviour; a habit. He has some rather unpleasant ways.
8. used with many verbs to give the idea of progressing or moving. He pushed his way through the crowd; They soon ate their way through the food.
adverb
(especially American) by a long distance or time; far. The winner finished the race way ahead of the other competitors; It's way past your bedtime.
ˈwayfarer noun
a traveller, especially on foot.
ˈwayside noun
the side of a road, path etc. We can stop by the wayside and have a picnic; (also adjective) a wayside inn.
be/get on one's way
to start or continue a walk, journey etc. Well, thanks for the cup of tea, but I must be on my way now.
by the way
incidentally, in passing, while I remember etc. By the way, did you know he was getting married?
fall by the wayside
(of projects, ideas etc) to be abandoned; to fail.
get/have one's own way
to do, get etc what one wants. You can't always have your own way.
get into / out of the way of (doing) something
to become accustomed to (not) doing; to get into / out of the habit of doing. They got into the way of waking up late when they were on holiday.
go out of one's way
to do more than is really necessary. He went out of his way to help us.
have a way with
to be good at dealing with or managing. She has a way with children.
have it one's own way
to get one's own way. Oh, have it your own way – I'm tired of arguing.
in a bad way
unwell; in poor condition. The patient is in a bad way.
in/out of the/someone's way
(not) blocking someone's progress, or occupying space that is needed by someone. Don't leave your bicycle where it will get in the way of pedestrians; Will I be in the/your way if I work at this table?; `Get out of my way!' he said rudely.
lose one's way
to stop knowing where one is, or in which direction one ought to be going. I lost my way through the city.
make one's way
1. to go. They made their way towards the centre of the town.
2. to get on in the world.
make way (for)
to stand aside and leave room (for). The crowd parted to make way for the ambulance.
under way
moving, in progress etc. Her plans are under way.
way of life
a manner of spending one's life. I enjoy farming – it's a pleasant way of life.
ways and means
methods, especially of providing money.
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