Hypertext Webster Gateway: "make"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Make \Make\, n. [AS. maca, gemaca. See {Match}.]
A companion; a mate; often, a husband or a wife. [Obs.]

For in this world no woman is Worthy to be my make.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Make \Make\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Made}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Making}.] [OE. maken, makien, AS. macian; akin to OS. mak?n,
OFries. makia, D. maken, G. machen, OHG. mahh?n to join, fit,
prepare, make, Dan. mage. Cf. {Match} an equal.]
1. To cause to exist; to bring into being; to form; to
produce; to frame; to fashion; to create. Hence, in
various specific uses or applications:
(a) To form of materials; to cause to exist in a certain
form; to construct; to fabricate.

He . . . fashioned it with a graving tool, after
he had made it a molten calf. --Ex. xxxii.
(b) To produce, as something artificial, unnatural, or
false; -- often with up; as, to make up a story.

And Art, with her contending, doth aspire To
excel the natural with made delights. --Spenser.
(c) To bring about; to bring forward; to be the cause or
agent of; to effect, do, perform, or execute; -- often
used with a noun to form a phrase equivalent to the
simple verb that corresponds to such noun; as, to make
complaint, for to complain; to make record of, for to
record; to make abode, for to abide, etc.

Call for Samson, that he may make us sport.
--Judg. xvi.

Wealth maketh many friends. --Prov. xix.

I will neither plead my age nor sickness in
excuse of the faults which I have made.
(d) To execute with the requisite formalities; as, to make
a bill, note, will, deed, etc.
(e) To gain, as the result of one's efforts; to get, as
profit; to make acquisition of; to have accrue or
happen to one; as, to make a large profit; to make an
error; to make a loss; to make money.

He accuseth Neptune unjustly who makes shipwreck
a second time. --Bacon.
(f) To find, as the result of calculation or computation;
to ascertain by enumeration; to find the number or
amount of, by reckoning, weighing, measurement, and
the like; as, he made the distance of; to travel over;
as, the ship makes ten knots an hour; he made the
distance in one day.
(h) To put a desired or desirable condition; to cause to

Who makes or ruins with a smile or frown.

2. To cause to be or become; to put into a given state verb,
or adjective; to constitute; as, to make known; to make
public; to make fast.

Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? --Ex.
ii. 14.

See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh. --Ex. vii.

Note: When used reflexively with an adjective, the reflexive
pronoun is often omitted; as, to make merry; to make
bold; to make free, etc.

3. To cause to appear to be; to constitute subjectively; to
esteem, suppose, or represent.

He is not that goose and ass that Valla would make
him. --Baker.

4. To require; to constrain; to compel; to force; to cause;
to occasion; -- followed by a noun or pronoun and

Note: In the active voice the to of the infinitive is usually

I will make them hear my words. --Deut. iv.

They should be made to rise at their early hour.

5. To become; to be, or to be capable of being, changed or
fashioned into; to do the part or office of; to furnish
the material for; as, he will make a good musician; sweet
cider makes sour vinegar; wool makes warm clothing.

And old cloak makes a new jerkin. --Shak.

6. To compose, as parts, ingredients, or materials; to
constitute; to form; to amount to.

The heaven, the air, the earth, and boundless sea,
Make but one temple for the Deity. --Waller.

7. To be engaged or concerned in. [Obs.]

Gomez, what makest thou here, with a whole
brotherhood of city bailiffs? --Dryden.

8. To reach; to attain; to arrive at or in sight of. ``And
make the Libyan shores.'' --Dryden.

They that sail in the middle can make no land of
either side. --Sir T.

{To make a bed}, to prepare a bed for being slept on, or to
put it in order.

{To make a card} (Card Playing), to take a trick with it.

{To make account}. See under {Account}, n.

{To make account of}, to esteem; to regard.

{To make away}.
(a) To put out of the way; to kill; to destroy. [Obs.]

If a child were crooked or deformed in body or
mind, they made him away. --Burton.
(b) To alienate; to transfer; to make over. [Obs.]

{To make believe}, to pretend; to feign; to simulate.

{To make bold}, to take the liberty; to venture.

{To make the cards} (Card Playing), to shuffle the pack.

{To make choice of}, to take by way of preference; to choose.

{To make danger}, to make experiment. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.

{To make default} (Law), to fail to appear or answer.

{To make the doors}, to shut the door. [Obs.]

Make the doors upon a woman's wit, and it will out
at the casement. --Shak.

{To make free with}. See under {Free}, a.

{To make good}. See under {Good}.

{To make head}, to make headway.

{To make light of}. See under {Light}, a.

{To make little of}.
(a) To belittle.
(b) To accomplish easily.

{To make love to}. See under {Love}, n.

{To make meat}, to cure meat in the open air. [Colloq.
Western U. S.]

{To make merry}, to feast; to be joyful or jovial.

{To make much of}, to treat with much consideration,,
attention, or fondness; to value highly.

{To make no bones}. See under {Bone}, n.

{To make no difference}, to have no weight or influence; to
be a matter of indifference.

{To make no doubt}, to have no doubt.

{To make no matter}, to have no weight or importance; to make
no difference.

{To make oath} (Law), to swear, as to the truth of something,
in a prescribed form of law.

{To make of}.
(a) To understand or think concerning; as, not to know
what to make of the news.
(b) To pay attention to; to cherish; to esteem; to
account. ``Makes she no more of me than of a slave.''

{To make one's law} (Old Law), to adduce proof to clear one's
self of a charge.

{To make out}.
(a) To find out; to discover; to decipher; as, to make out
the meaning of a letter.
(b) To prove; to establish; as, the plaintiff was unable
to make out his case.
(c) To make complete or exact; as, he was not able to make
out the money.

{To make over}, to transfer the title of; to convey; to
alienate; as, he made over his estate in trust or in fee.

{To make sail}. (Naut.)
(a) To increase the quantity of sail already extended.
(b) To set sail.

{To make shift}, to manage by expedients; as, they made shift
to do without it. [Colloq.].

{To make sternway}, to move with the stern foremost; to go or
drift backward.

{To make strange}, to act in an unfriendly manner or as if
surprised; to treat as strange; as, to make strange of a
request or suggestion.

{To make suit to}, to endeavor to gain the favor of; to

{To make sure}. See under {Sure}.

{To make up}.
(a) To collect into a sum or mass; as, to make up the
amount of rent; to make up a bundle or package.
(b) To reconcile; to compose; as, to make up a difference
or quarrel.
(c) To supply what is wanting in; to complete; as, a
dollar is wanted to make up the stipulated sum.
(d) To compose, as from ingredients or parts; to shape,
prepare, or fabricate; as, to make up a mass into
pills; to make up a story.

He was all made up of love and charms!
(e) To compensate; to make good; as, to make up a loss.
(f) To adjust, or to arrange for settlement; as, to make
up accounts.
(g) To dress and paint for a part, as an actor; as, he was
well made up.

{To make up a face}, to distort the face as an expression of
pain or derision.

{To make up one's mind}, to reach a mental determination; to

{To make water}.
(a) (Naut.) To leak.
(b) To urinate.

{To make way}, or {To make one's way}.
(a) To make progress; to advance.
(b) To open a passage; to clear the way.

{To make words}, to multiply words.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Make \Make\, v. i.
1. To act in a certain manner; to have to do; to manage; to
interfere; to be active; -- often in the phrase to meddle
or make. [Obs.]

A scurvy, jack-a-nape priest to meddle or make.

2. To proceed; to tend; to move; to go; as, he made toward
home; the tiger made at the sportsmen.

Note: Formerly, authors used to make on, to make forth, to
make about; but these phrases are obsolete. We now say,
to make at, to make away, to make for, to make off, to
make toward, etc.

3. To tend; to contribute; to have effect; -- with for or
against; as, it makes for his advantage. --M. Arnold.

Follow after the things which make for peace. --Rom.
xiv. 19.

Considerations infinite Do make against it. --Shak.

4. To increase; to augment; to accrue.

5. To compose verses; to write poetry; to versify. [Archaic]
--Chaucer. Tennyson.

To solace him some time, as I do when I make. --P.

{To make as if}, or {To make as though}, to pretend that; to
make show that; to make believe (see under {Make}, v. t.).

Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten
before them, and fled. --Josh. viii.

My lord of London maketh as though he were greatly
displeased with me. --Latimer.

{To make at}, to go toward hastily, or in a hostile manner;
to attack.

{To make away with}.
(a) To carry off.
(b) To transfer or alienate; hence, to spend; to
(c) To kill; to destroy.

{To make off}, to go away suddenly.

{To make out}, to succeed; to be able at last; to make shift;
as, he made out to reconcile the contending parties.

{To make up}, to become reconciled or friendly.

{To make up for}, to compensate for; to supply an equivalent

{To make up to}.
(a) To approach; as, a suspicious boat made up to us.
(b) To pay addresses to; to make love to.

{To make up with}, to become reconciled to. [Colloq.]

{To make with}, to concur or agree with. --Hooker.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Make \Make\, n.
Structure, texture, constitution of parts; construction;
shape; form.

It our perfection of so frail a make As every plot can
undermine and shake? --Dryden.

{On the make},bent upon making great profits; greedy of gain.
[Low, U. S.]

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a recognizable kind; "there's a new brand of hero in the
movies now"; "what make of car is that?" [syn: {brand}]
2: the act of mixing cards haphazardly [syn: {shuffle}, {shuffling}]
v 1: engage in: "make love, not war"; "make an effort"; "do
research"; "do nothing"; "make revolution" [syn: {do}]
2: give certain properties to something; "get someone mad";
"She made us look silly"; "He made a fool of himself at
the meeting"; "Don't make this into a big deal"; "This
invention will make you a famous physicist"; "Make
yourself clear" [syn: {get}]
3: make or cause to be or to become; "make a mess in one's
office"; "create a furor" [syn: {create}]
4: cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner: "The ads
induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to
buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa" [syn: {induce},
{stimulate}, {cause}, {have}, {get}]
5: give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always
intentionally; "cause a commotion"; "make a stir"; "cause
an accident" [syn: {cause}, {do}]
6: create or manufacture a man-made product: "We produce more
cars than we can sell"; "The company has been making toys
for two centuries" [syn: {produce}, {create}]
7: make, formulate, or derive in the mind; "I draw a line
here"; "draw a conclusion"; "draw parallels"; "make an
estimate"; "What do you make of his remarks?" [syn: {draw}]
8: compel or make somebody or something to act in a certain
way; "People cannot be made to integrate just by passing a
law!"; Heat makes you sweat"
9: create by artistic means; "create a poem; "Schoenberg
created twelve-tone music"; "Picasso created Cubism";
"Auden made verses" [syn: {create}]
10: earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as
salary or wages; "How much do you make a month in your
new job?" "She earns a lot in her new job"; "this merger
brought in lots of money"; "He clears $5,000 each month"
[syn: {gain}, {take in}, {clear}, {earn}, {realize}, {realise},
{pull in}, {bring in}]
11: create or design, often in a certain way; "Do my room in
blue"; "I did this piece in wood to express my love for
the forest" [syn: {do}] [ant: {unmake}]
12: to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of
the stage setting"; "The branches made a roof"; "This
makes a fine introduction" [syn: {form}, {constitute}]
13: reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"; "We made it!"
"She may not make the grade" [syn: {reach}, {get to}, {progress
14: be or be capable of being changed or made into; "He makes a
great host"; "He will make a fine father"
15: make by shaping or bringing together constituents; "make a
dress"; "make a cake"; "make a wall of stones"
16: perform or carry out; "make a decision"; "make a move";
"make advances"; "make a phone call"
17: make by combining materials and parts: "this little pig made
his house out of straw"; "Some eccentric constructed an
electric brassiere warmer" [syn: {construct}, {build}]
18: change from one form into another; "make water into wine";
"make lead into gold"; "make clay into bricks"
19: act in a certain way so as to acquire; "make friends"; "make
20: charge with a function; charge to be; "She was named Head of
the Committee"; "She was made president of the club"
[syn: {name}, {nominate}]
21: achieve a point or goal, as in a sport; "Nicklaus had a 70";
"The Brazilian team got 4 goals"; "She made 29 points
that day" [syn: {have}, {get}]
22: reach a destination, either real or abstract; "We hit
Detroit by noon"; "The water reached the doorstep"; "We
barely made the plane"; "I have to hit the MAC machine
before the weekend starts" [syn: {reach}, {attain}, {hit},
{arrive at}, {gain}]
23: institute, enact, or establish; "make laws" [syn: {lay down},
24: carry out or commit; "make a mistake"; "commit a faux-pas"
25: add up to; "four and four make eight"
26: form by assembling individuals or constituents; "Make a
quorum"; "The branches made a roof"
27: organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception," "have,
throw, or make a party", "give a course", etc. [syn: {hold},
{throw}, {have}, {give}]
28: prepare for eating by applying heat; "Cook me dinner,
please"; "can you make me an omelette?" "fix breakfast
for the guests, please" [syn: {cook}, {fix}, {ready}, {prepare}]
29: put in order or neaten: "make the bed"; "make up a room"
[syn: {make up}]
30: head into a specified direction; "The escaped convict took
to the hills"; "We made for the mountains" [syn: {take}]
31: have a bowel movement; "The dog had made in the flower beds"
[syn: {defecate}, {shit}, {take a shit}, {take a crap}, {ca-ca},
32: undergo fabrication or creation; "This wool makes into a
nice sweater"
33: be suitable for; "Wood makes good furniture"
34: amount to; "This salary increase makes no difference to my
standard of living"
35: constitute the essence of; "Clothes make the man"
36: appear to begin an activity; "He made to speak but said
nothing i the end"; "She made a if to say hello to us"
37: proceed along a path; "work one's way through the crowd";
"make one's way into the forest" [syn: {work}]
38: reach in time; "We barely made the plane"
39: gather and light the materials for: "make a fire"
40: induce to have sex; "Harry finally seduced Sally"; "Did you
score last night?" "Harry made Sally" [syn: {seduce}, {score}]
41: assure the success of; "A good review by this critic will
make your play!" [ant: {break}]
42: pretend to be; imitate; "She makes like an actress"
43: consider as being; "It wasn't the problem some people made
44: calculate as being; "I make the height about 100 feet"
45: cause to be enjoyable or pleasurable; "make my day"
46: favor the development of; "Practice makes the winner"
47: develop into: "He will make a splendid father!"
48: behave in a certain way; "make merry"
49: eliminate urine; "Again, the cat had made on the expensive
rug" [syn: {urinate}, {piddle}, {puddle}, {micturate}, {piss},
{pee}, {pee-pee}, {make water}, {relieve oneself}, {take
a leak}, {spend a penny}, {wee}, {wee-wee}, {pass water}]

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