to bring into being by shaping, changing, or combining materials, ideas, etc; form or fashion ; create
You can use make with a wide range of nouns to indicate that someone performs an action or says something. For example, if you make a suggestion, you suggest something.
If you are made-up, you are wearing make-up such as powder or eye shadow .
Something that is home-made has been made in someone's home, rather than in a shop or factory .
a dish consisting of a number of different ingredients cooked together
Man-made things are created or caused by people, rather than occurring naturally .
Self-made is used to describe people who have become successful and rich through their own efforts, especially if they started life without money, education, or high social status.
made to a good or high standard
If something is custom-made, it is made according to someone's special requirements .
Human-made things are created or caused by people, rather than occurring naturally .
based on a judge's interpretation or decision (esp in the phrase judge-made law )
If something that you buy is ready-made, you can use it immediately, because the work you would normally have to do has already been done.
If something is tailor-made, it has been specially designed for a particular person or purpose.
be made up:
to be very happy about something
made or constructed by machine
not wearing make-up
be made one:
(of two people) to become married
get it made:
to be assured of success
made to precise specifications
A bomb is a device which explodes and damages or destroys a large area.
made of money:
custom-built according to the wishes or requirements of a specific individual
a type of fibre that is made artificially, such as polyester or rayon, rather than occurring naturally, like cotton or wool
If you make for a place, you move towards it.
If you ask a person what they make of something, you want to know what their impression, opinion, or understanding of it is.
If you make off, you leave somewhere as quickly as possible, often in order to escape .
If you make something out, you manage with difficulty to see or hear it.
The people or things that make up something are the members or parts that form that thing.
A made-to-measure suit, shirt, or other item of clothing is one that is made by a tailor to fit you exactly, rather than one that you buy already made in a shop .
a type of fabric that is made artificially, such as polyester or rayon, rather than occurring naturally, like cotton or wool
An island is a piece of land that is completely surrounded by water.
to have it made:
If you say that someone has it made or has got it made, you mean that they are certain to be rich or successful .
Handmade objects have been made by someone using their hands or using tools rather than by machines.
to set off in pursuit of; chase
to depart in haste
If you make something over to someone, you legally transfer the ownership of it to them.
to proceed with the doing, showing, etc, of
have (got) it made:
to be assured of success
to make according to the specifications of an individual buyer
If someone tailor-makes something for you, they make or design it to suit your requirements.
made of sterner stuff:
If you say that someone is made of sterner stuff, you mean that they have a strong personality and are capable of overcoming difficulties and problems .
made of whole cloth:
completely untrue and not based on fact
If someone is living in a make-believe world, they are pretending that things are better, different, or more exciting than they really are instead of facing up to reality .
make up for:
To make up for a bad experience or the loss of something means to make the situation better or make the person involved happier .
make up to:
If you say that you will make it up to someone, you are promising that you will do something good for them after they have been upset or disappointed, especially by you.
made out of whole cloth:
completely fictitious or false ; made up
make off with:
If you make off with something, you steal it and take it away with you.
make the bed:
If you make the bed, you arrange the sheets and blankets on it so someone can sleep there.
made one's bed...lie in it:
If you say that someone has made their bed and must lie in it, you mean that since they have chosen to do a particular thing, they must now accept the unpleasant results of their action.
to be made public property:
to become known to everyone