makeshift

  • 1 makeshift — make shift (m[=a]k sh[i^]ft ), n. That with which one makes shift; a temporary expedient, with implication of inferiority to the more usual object or means. James Mill. [1913 Webster +PJC] I am not a model clergyman, only a decent makeshift. G.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 makeshift — [adj] temporary alternative, BandAid*, expedient, hit or miss*, make do*, provisional, quick and dirty*, slapdash*, stopgap, substitute, temp, throwaway*; concepts 551,560 Ant. complete, finished, permanent, ready makeshift [n] temporary help… …

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  • 3 makeshift — index expedient, interim, provisional, replacement, stopgap, surrogate, temporary, vicarious (substitu …

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  • 4 makeshift — also make shift, 1560s, as a noun, shifty person, rogue, from MAKE (Cf. make) (v.) + SHIFT (Cf. shift) (v.). Adjectival sense of substitute is first recorded 1680s. Cf. make sport a laughing stock (1610s) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 makeshift — shift, expedient, *resource, resort, stopgap, substitute, surrogate Analogous words: *device, contrivance, contraption, gadget: *mean, instrument, agency, instrumentality …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 makeshift — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ interim and temporary. ► NOUN ▪ a temporary substitute or device …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 makeshift — [māk′shift΄] n. a thing that will do for a while as a substitute; temporary expedient adj. that will do for a while as a substitute SYN. RESOURCE …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 Makeshift — Wikipedia does not have an encyclopedia article for Makeshift (search results). You may want to read Wiktionary s entry on makeshift instead.wiktionary:Special:Search/makeshift …

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  • 9 makeshift — [[t]me͟ɪkʃɪft[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Makeshift things are temporary and usually of poor quality, but they are used because there is nothing better available. ...the cardboard boxes and makeshift shelters of the homeless. ...a makeshift coffee …

    English dictionary

  • 10 makeshift — /mayk shift /, n. 1. a temporary expedient or substitute: We used boxes as a makeshift while the kitchen chairs were being painted. adj. 2. Also, makeshifty. serving as, or of the nature of, a makeshift. [1555 65; n., adj. use of v. phrase make… …

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  • 11 makeshift — 1. noun /ˈmeɪkˌʃɪft/ A temporary, usually insubstantial, substitution for something else. I am not a model clergyman, only a decent makeshift. 2. adjective /ˈmeɪkˌʃɪft/ Made to work or …

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  • 12 makeshift — noun Date: 1766 a usually crude and temporary expedient ; substitute Synonyms: see resource • makeshift adjective …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 makeshift — adj. Makeshift is used with these nouns: ↑altar, ↑bandage, ↑barricade, ↑bed, ↑camp, ↑dwelling, ↑hut, ↑memorial, ↑raft, ↑shelter, ↑shrine, ↑stage, ↑ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 makeshift — make|shift [ˈmeıkʃıft] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: make shift to make efforts, try all methods, manage to do something (15 19 centuries)] made to be used for a short time only when nothing better is available ▪ The refugees slept in makeshift… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 makeshift — make|shift [ meık,ʃıft ] adjective made using whatever is available and therefore not very good: a makeshift shelter/grave/hospital …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 makeshift — adjective made for temporary use when you need something and there is nothing better available: a makeshift sofa of crates and cushions …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 makeshift — adjective we stayed dry under some makeshift shelter Syn: temporary, provisional, interim, stopgap, make do, standby, rough and ready, improvised, ad hoc, extempore, jury rigged, jerry built, thrown together, cobbled together Ant: permanent …

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  • 18 makeshift — UK [ˈmeɪkˌʃɪft] / US adjective made using whatever is available and therefore not very good a makeshift shelter/grave/hospital …

    English dictionary

  • 19 makeshift — make•shift [[t]ˈmeɪkˌʃɪft[/t]] n. 1) a temporary expedient or substitute 2) being or serving as a makeshift • Etymology: 1555–65 …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 makeshift — /ˈmeɪkʃɪft / (say maykshift) noun 1. a temporary expedient; substitute. –adjective 2. serving as a makeshift …

    Australian English dictionary