Etymology: Middle English, from Old English macian; akin to Old High German mahhōn to prepare, make, Greek magēnai to be kneaded, Old Church Slavic mazati to anoint, smear
Date: before 12th century
a. obsolete behave, act
b. to begin or seem to begin (an action) <made to go> 2. a. to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone <made trouble for us> b. to cause to exist, occur, or appear ; create <make a disturbance> c. to favor the growth or occurrence of <haste makes waste> d. to fit, intend, or destine by or as if by creating <was made to be an actor> 3. a. to bring into being by forming, shaping, or altering material ; fashion <make a dress> b. compose, write <make verses> c. to lay out and construct <make a road> 4. to frame or formulate in the mind <make plans> 5. to put together from components ; constitute <houses made of stone> 6. a. to compute or estimate to be b. to form and hold in the mind <make no doubt of it> 7. a. to assemble and set alight the materials for (a fire) b. to set in order <make beds> c. prepare, fix <make dinner> d. to shuffle (a deck of cards) in preparation for dealing 8. to prepare (hay) by cutting, drying, and storing 9. a. to cause to be or become <made them happy> <makes it possible> b. appoint <made him bishop> 10. a. enact, establish <make laws> b. to execute in an appropriate manner <make a will> c. set, name <make a price> 11. a. chiefly dialect shut <the doors are made against you — Shakespeare> b. to cause (an electric circuit) to be completed 12. a. to conclude as to the nature or meaning of something <what do you make of this development?> b. to regard as being <not the fool some make him> 13. a. to carry out (an action indicated or implied by the object) <make war> <make a speech> <make a detour> b. to perform with a bodily movement <make a sweeping gesture> 14. a. to produce as a result of action, effort, or behavior with respect to something <make a mess of the job> <tried to make a thorough job of it> b. archaic to turn into another language by translation 15. to cause to act in a certain way ; compel <make her give it back> 16. to cause or assure the success or prosperity of <can either make you or break you> 17. a. to amount to in significance <makes a great difference> b. to form the essential being of <clothes make the man> c. to form by an assembling of individuals <make a quorum> d. to count as <that makes the third time you've said it> 18. a. to be or be capable of being changed or fashioned into <rags make the best paper> b. to develop into <she will make a fine judge> c. form 6b 19. a. reach, attain <made port before the storm> — often used with it <you'll never make it that far> b. to gain the rank of <make major> c. to gain a place on or in <make the team> <the story made the papers> d. to succeed in providing or obtaining <make bail> 20. to gain (as money) by working, trading, or dealing <make a living> 21. a. to act so as to earn or acquire <makes friends easily> <makes poor grades> b. to score in a game or sport <make a field goal> <make a birdie> c. to convert (a split) into a spare in bowling d. to succeed in holing <make a putt> 22. a. to fulfill (a contract) in a card game b. to win a trick with (a card) 23. a. to include in a route or itinerary <make New York on the return trip> — often used with it <make it to the party> b. catch 6b <made the bus just in time> 24. to persuade to consent to sexual intercourse ; seduce 25. to provide the most enjoyable or satisfying experience of <meeting the star of the show really made our day> intransitive verb 1. archaic to compose poetry 2. a. behave, act b. to begin or seem to begin a certain action <made as though to hand it to me> c. to act so as to be or to seem to be <make merry> d. slang to play a part — usually used with like 3. set out, head <made after the fox> <made straight for home> 4. to increase in height or size <the tide is making now> 5. to reach or extend in a certain direction 6. to have considerable effect <courtesy makes for safer driving> 7. to undergo manufacture or processing <the silk makes up beautifully> II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. the manner or style in which a thing is constructed b. brand 4a 2. the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person <men of his make are rare> 3. a. the action of producing or manufacturing b. the actual yield or amount produced over a specified period ; output 4. the act of shuffling cards; also turn to shuffle
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.