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Etymology 1Modificar

From Middle English maken, from Old English macian, from Proto-Germanic *makōn, from Proto-Indo-European *maǵ-, "to fashion". Near cognates include German machen and Dutch maken.


to Make

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to Make (third-person singular simple present makes, present participle making, simple past and past participle made)
  1. To create, construct, or produce.
    We made a bird feeder for our yard.
    They hope to make a bigger profit.
    We’ll make a man out of him yet.
  2. To constitute.
    They make a cute couple.
    This makes the third infraction.
  3. (construed with of, typically interrogative) To interpret.
    I don’t know what to make of it.
  4. (usually stressed) To bring into success.
    This company is what made you.
    She married into wealth. She has it made.
  5. (second object is an adjective, participle, or noun) To cause to be.
    The citizens made their objections clear.
    This might make you a bit woozy.
    Did I make myself heard?
    Scotch will make you a man.
  6. (second object is a verb) To cause to do.
    You’re making her cry.
    I was made to feel like a criminal.
  7. (second object is a verb, can be stressed for emphasis or clarity) To force to do.
    The teacher made the student study.
    Don’t let them make you suffer.
  8. (of a fact) To indicate or suggest to be.
    His past mistakes don’t make him a bad person.
  9. (object is a bed, referred to by the word bed) To cover neatly with bedclothes.
  10. (of a person being sought) To recognise (without being recognised in return).
    • 2004, George Nolfi et al, Ocean's Twelve, Warner Bros. Pictures, 0:50:30,
      Linus Caldwell: Well, she just made Danny and Yen, which means in the next 48 hours the three o' your pictures are gonna be in every police station in Europe.
    • 2007 May 4, Andrew Dettmann et al, "Under Pressure", episode 3-22 of Numb3rs, 00:01:16,
      David Sinclair: (walking) Almost at Seventh; I should have a visual any second now. (rounds a corner, almost collides into Kaleed Asan) Damn, that was close.
      Don Eppes: David, he make you?
      David Sinclair: No, I don't think so.
  11. To induct into the Mafia or a similar organization (as a made man).
    • 1990, Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese, Goodfellas:
      Jimmy Conway: They're gonna make him.
      Henry Hill: Paulie's gonna make you?


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Make (plural Makes)
  1. (often of a car) Brand or kind; often paired with model. syn. transl.
    What make of car do you drive?
  2. How a thing is made; construction. syn.
    • 1907, Mark Twain, A Horse's Tale[1]:
      I can name the tribe every moccasin belongs to by the make of it.</span>
  3. Origin of a manufactured article; manufacture. syn.
    The camera was of German make.
  4. (uncountable) Quantity produced, especially of materials. syn.
    • 1902 September 16, “German Iron and Steel Production”, The New York Times, page 8:
      In 1880 the make of pig iron in all countries was 18,300,000 tons.</span>
  5. (dated) The act or process of making something, especially in industrial manufacturing. syn.
    • 1908, Charles Thomas Jacobi, Printing: A Practical Treatise on the Art of Typography as Applied More Particularly to the Printing of Books[2], page 331:
      Patrono:... papers are respectively of second or inferior quality, the last being perhaps torn or broken in the "make" — as the manufacture is technically termed.</span>
  6. A person's character or disposition. syn.
    • 1914, Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton, Perch of the Devil[3], page 274:
      I never feel very much excited about any old thing; it's not my make; but I've got a sort of shiver inside of me, and a watery feeling in the heart region.</span>
  7. Patrono:Bridge The declaration of the trump for a hand.
    • 1925, Robert William Chambers, The Talkers[4], page 195:
      It's your make as the cards lie. Take your time.</span>
  8. Patrono:Physics The closing of an electrical circuit. syn.
    • 1947, Charles Seymour Siskind, Electricity[5], page 94:
      If the interrupter operated every 2 sec., the current would rise to 10 amp. and drop to zero with successive "makes" and "breaks."</span>
  9. (computing) A software utility for automatically building large applications, or an implementation of this utility.
    • 2003, D. Curtis Jamison, Perl Programming for Biologists[6], ISBN 0471430595, page 115:
      However, the unzip and make programs weren't found, so the default was left blank.</span>
  10. (slang) Recognition or identification, especially from police records or evidence. syn.
    • 2003, John Lutz, The Night Spider[7], ISBN 0786015160, page 53:
      "They ever get a make on the blood type?" Horn asked, staring at the stained mattress.</span>
  11. (slang, usually in phrase "easy make") Past or future target of seduction (usually female). syn.
    • 2007, Prudence Mors Rains, Becoming an Unwed Mother[8], ISBN 020230955X, page 26:
      To me, if I weren't going with someone and was taking pills, it would be like advertising that I'm an easy make.</span>
    • 1962, Ralph Moreno, A Man's Estate[9], page 12:
      She's your make, not mine. Patrono:... It isn't anything short of difficult to entertain someone else's pregnant fiancee.</span>
  12. (slang, military) A promotion.
    • 2004, Joseph Stilwell, Seven Stars: The Okinawa Battle Diaries of Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. and Joseph Stilwell[10], ISBN 1585442941, page 94:
      Sent back the list of makes with only Post and Hamilton on it. (Buckner had recommended 10 staff officers and 1 combat soldier!)</span>

Etymology 2Modificar

Aphetic form of i-make, reinforced by Scandinavian cognates (maki (spouse), Danish mage).




Make (plural Makes)
  1. Patrono:Dialectal Mate; a spouse or companion.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.vii:
      Th'Elfe therewith astownd, / Vpstarted lightly from his looser make, / And his vnready weapons gan in hand to take.
    • 1624, Ben Jonson, The Masque of Owls at Kenilworth:
      Where their maids and their makes / At dancing and wakes, / Had their napkins and posies / And the wipers for their noses</span>

Etymology 3Modificar

Origin uncertain.




Make (plural Makes)
  1. (British, obsolete) A halfpenny.
    • 1826, Sir Walter Scott, Woodstock; Or, the Cavalier:
      the last we shall have, I take it; for a make to a million, but we trine to the nubbing cheat to-morrow.</span>





  1. The singular present subjunctive of maken.



Originally mate, compare Maori mate.



  1. death



Make (hiragana まけ)

  1. 負け: lose




Inflection for Make Singular Plural
common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Base form Make maken makar makarna
Possessive form Makes makens makars makarnas
  1. spouse; husband; married man



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