make of someone Definition
verb made, making
- 1. To form, create, manufacture or produce something by mixing, combining or shaping materials.
- Example: make the tea
- Example: made me a cake
- Thesaurus: manufacture, construct, produce, build, assemble, compose, fabricate, create, fashion, forge, mould, conceive; Antonym: dismantle.
- Example: He's always making trouble
- Example: I don't make the rules
- Example: It makes no difference
- Example: Please don't make me go
- Example: He makes me laugh
- Thesaurus: force, coerce, impel, compel, prevail upon, require.
- Example: made the barn into a cottage
- Form: make something into something (often)
- Form: make someone into something
- Example: made me cross
- Example: made my head ache
- Example: I make a terrible patient
- Example: He will make a wonderful father
- Example: He'll never make a salesman
- Example: This box makes a good table
- Example: They made her deputy head
- Form: make someone something (always)
- Example: Long hair makes her look younger
- Example: The course made them into effective sales reps
- Form: make someone (also)
- Form: something into something
- Example: makes £400 a week
- Example: Did you make a profit?
- Example: He made a fortune but no friends
- Example: made his name
- Example: 4 and 4 makes 8
- Example: The book makes interesting reading
- Example: will make a nice change
- Thesaurus: add up to, total, amount to, come to, equal.
- Example: I make it three o'clock
- Example: He made the total £28.70
- Example: should make the summit by midday
- Example: can't make the party
- Thesaurus: reach, accomplish, attain, do, carry out, execute, get, obtain, gain, secure, acquire, win; Antonym: lose, fail.
14. To tidy (a bed) after use by smoothing out and tucking in the sheets, rearranging the duvet, etc.
15. To bring about or ensure the success of something; to cap or complete something.
- Example: It made my day
- Example: Those curtains really make this room
- Example: make an offer
- Example: make me an offer
- Example: make war
- Example: make a speech
- Example: make a decision
- 1. A manufacturer's brand
- Example: What make of car is it?
- Thesaurus: brand, kind, model, style, type, sort, variety.
- The act, practice or process of making or manufacturing.
4. Applied to an immaterial thing: disposition or character; manner.
- See separate entries.
- To act or behave in a specified way.
- Example: She made as if to leave
- To pretend to be or do something.
- Example: He made as if he hadn't heard
- Example: He was making like a gorilla
- Thesaurus: pretend, feign, simulate, fake (
To manage or get by.
- Example: always having to make do
To manage without it.
To manage with, or make the best use, of a second or inferior choice. See also make-do.
- Example: I've run out of butter, so you'll have to make do with margarine
- Thesaurus: cope with, survive with, endure, manage with, muddle through with, scrape by with, get by with, get along with.
- Note: with negatives and in questions
To make any sense of it; to understand it.
- Example: I can't make head or tail of this rota
- To be successful.
- Example: to make it in show business
- Thesaurus: prosper, succeed, arrive.
- To survive.
- Example: is so badly injured he might not make it
- Thesaurus: survive, pull through.
- To compensate or repay them for difficulties, inconvenience, etc which they have experienced on one's account, or for kindness, generosity, etc which they have shown to one. Compare make up to someone below.
- coarse slang
To have sexual intercourse with them.
Make as if to do something.
- To be the crucial test that brings it or them either success or failure. See also make-or-break.
- Example: The takeover will either make or break the company
- To show an intention of doing it; to make an attempt or start to do it.
- Example: He made to stand up, but changed his mind
- See under mind.
- (of a person) seeking a large or illegal personal profit.
(of a person) looking for a sexual partner.
Phrasal Verb: make after someone or something
- To follow or pursue them or it.
- To kill them.
- See make off with something or make away with something below.
- To bring it about; to have it as a specific result.
- Example: Fine weather makes for an enjoyable holiday
- To go towards it or them, especially rapidly, purposefully or suddenly.
- To understand by it or them.
- Example: What do you make of their comments?
- Example: They did not know what to make of us
- To construct it from (a material, etc).
- To leave, especially in a hurry or secretly.
- To run off with it or them; to steal or kidnap it or them.
- Example: The thief made off with my bag
- To progress or get along
- Example: How did you make out in the exam?
- Example: It's been tough, but we'll make out
- Example: They were making out in the back seat
- To pretend or claim that it is so.
- Example: He made out that he was ill
- To begin to discern it, especially to see or hear it.
- Example: I could just make out a vague figure in the distance
- Example: made out a cheque for £20
- To portray them, or cause them to seem to be, what they are not.
- Example: They made us out to be liars
- To transfer ownership of it.
- Example: made over my shares to her when I retired
- To assemble (text, illustration, etc) into (columns or pages).
- To compensate or serve as an apology for it.
- To seek their friendship or favour; to flirt with them.
- To resolve a disagreement with someone.
- To apply cosmetics to their face.
- To fabricate or invent it.
- Example: made up the story
- Example: The three villages together make up a district
- Example: another player to make up the team
- Example: We made up our quarrel