Make-good



[goo d] /gʊd/

adjective, better, best.
1.
morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious:
a good man.
2.
satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree:
a good teacher; good health.
3.
of high quality; excellent.
4.
right; proper; fit:
It is good that you are here. His credentials are good.
5.
well-behaved:
a good child.
6.
kind, beneficent, or friendly:
to do a good deed.
7.
honorable or worthy; in good standing:
a good name.
8.
educated and refined:
She has a good background.
9.
financially sound or safe:
His credit is good.
10.
genuine; not counterfeit:
a good quarter.
11.
sound or valid:
good judgment; good reasons.
12.
reliable; dependable; responsible:
good advice.
13.
healthful; beneficial:
Fresh fruit is good for you.
14.
in excellent condition; healthy:
good teeth.
15.
not spoiled or tainted; edible; palatable:
The meat was still good after three months in the freezer.
16.
favorable; propitious:
good news.
17.
cheerful; optimistic; amiable:
in good spirits.
18.
free of distress or pain; comfortable:
to feel good after surgery.
19.
agreeable; pleasant:
Have a good time.
20.
attractive; handsome:
She has a good figure.
21.
(of the complexion) smooth; free from blemish.
22.
close or intimate; warm:
She’s a good friend of mine.
23.
sufficient or ample:
a good supply.
24.
advantageous; satisfactory for the purpose:
a good day for fishing.
25.
competent or skillful; clever:
a good manager; good at arithmetic.
26.
skillfully or expertly done:
a really good job; a good play.
27.
conforming to rules of grammar, usage, etc.; correct:
good English.
28.
socially proper:
good manners.
29.
remaining available to one:
Don’t throw good money after bad.
30.
comparatively new or of relatively fine quality:
Don’t play in the mud in your good clothes.
31.
finest or most dressy:
He wore his good suit to the office today.
32.
full:
a good day’s journey away.
33.
fairly large or great:
a good amount.
34.
free from precipitation or cloudiness:
good weather.
35.
Medicine/Medical. (of a patient’s condition) having stable and normal vital signs, being conscious and comfortable, and having excellent appetite, mobility, etc.
36.
fertile; rich:
good soil.
37.
loyal:
a good Democrat.
38.
(of a return or service in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) landing within the limits of a court or section of a court.
39.
Informal. (used when declining an offer or suggestion, as to communicate that one is already satisfied): “More coffee?” “No thanks, I’m good!” .
40.
Horse Racing. (of the surface of a track) drying after a rain so as to be still slightly sticky:
This horse runs best on a good track.
41.
(of meat, especially beef) noting or pertaining to the specific grade below “choice,” containing more lean muscle and less edible fat than “prime” or “choice.”.
42.
favorably regarded (used as an epithet for a ship, town, etc.): the good ship Syrena.
noun
43.
profit or advantage; worth; benefit: What good will that do?
We shall work for the common good.
44.
excellence or merit; kindness:
to do good.
45.
moral righteousness; virtue:
to be a power for good.
46.
(especially in the grading of U.S. beef) an official grade below that of “choice.”.
47.
goods.

48.
the good.

interjection
49.
(used as an expression of approval or satisfaction):
Good! Now we can all go home.
adverb
50.
Informal. 1 (defs 1–3, 8): I wish I could cook this good!
Yes, we knew him pretty good.
Idioms
51.
as good as. 1 (def 20).
52.
come to no good, to end in failure or as a failure:
Her jealous relatives said that she would come to no good.
53.
for good, finally and permanently; forever:
to leave the country for good.
Also, for good and all.
54.
good and, Informal. very; completely; exceedingly:
This soup is good and hot.
55.
good for,

56.
good full, Nautical. (of a sail or sails) well filled, especially when sailing close to the wind; clean full; rap full.
57.
make good,

58.
no good, without value or merit; worthless; contemptible:
The check was no good.
59.
to the good,

[meyk] /meɪk/
verb (used with object), made, making.
1.
to bring into existence by shaping or changing material, combining parts, etc.:
to make a dress; to make a channel; to make a work of art.
2.
to produce; cause to exist or happen; bring about:
to make trouble; to make war.
3.
to cause to be or become; render:
to make someone happy.
4.
to appoint or name:
The president made her his special envoy.
5.
to put in the proper condition or state, as for use; fix; prepare:
to make a bed; to make dinner.
6.
to bring into a certain form:
to make bricks out of clay.
7.
to convert from one state, condition, category, etc., to another:
to make a virtue of one’s vices.
8.
to cause, induce, or compel:
to make a horse jump a barrier.
9.
to give rise to; occasion:
It’s not worth making a fuss over such a trifle.
10.
to produce, earn, or win for oneself:
to make a good salary; to make one’s fortune in oil.
11.
to write or compose:
to make a short poem for the occasion.
12.
to draw up, as a legal document; draft:
to make a will.
13.
to do; effect:
to make a bargain.
14.
to establish or enact; put into existence:
to make laws.
15.
to become by development; prove to be:
You’ll make a good lawyer.
16.
to form in the mind, as a judgment or estimate:
to make a decision.
17.
to judge or interpret, as to the truth, nature, meaning, etc. (often followed by of):
What do you make of it?
18.
to estimate; reckon:
to make the distance at ten miles.
19.
to bring together separate parts so as to produce a whole; compose; form:
to make a matched set.
20.
to amount to; bring up the total to:
Two plus two makes four. That makes an even dozen.
21.
to serve as:
to make good reading.
22.
to be sufficient to constitute:
One story does not make a writer.
23.
to be adequate or suitable for:
This wool will make a warm sweater.
24.
to assure the success or fortune of:
a deal that could make or break him; Seeing her made my day.
25.
to deliver, utter, or put forth:
to make a stirring speech.
26.
to go or travel at a particular speed:
to make 60 miles an hour.
27.
to arrive at or reach; attain:
The ship made port on Friday. Do you think he’ll make 80?
28.
to arrive in time for:
to make the first show.
29.
to arrive in time to be a passenger on (a plane, boat, bus, train, etc.):
If you hurry, you can make the next flight.
30.
Informal. to gain or acquire a position within:
He made the big time.
31.
to receive mention or appear in or on:
The robbery made the front page.
32.
to gain recognition or honor by winning a place or being chosen for inclusion in or on:
The novel made the bestseller list. He made the all-American team three years in a row.
33.
Slang. to have sexual intercourse with.
34.
Cards.

35.
to earn, as a score:
The team made 40 points in the first half.
36.
Slang.

37.
to close (an electric circuit).
38.
South Midland and Southern U.S. to plant and cultivate or produce (a crop):
He makes some of the best corn in the country.
verb (used without object), made, making.
39.
to cause oneself, or something understood, to be as specified:
to make sure.
40.
to show oneself to be or seem in action or behavior (usually followed by an adjective):
to make merry.
41.
to be made, as specified:
This fabric makes up into beautiful drapes.
42.
to move or proceed in a particular direction:
They made after the thief.
43.
to rise, as the tide or water in a ship.
44.
South Midland and Southern U.S. (of a crop) to grow, develop, or mature:
It looks like the corn’s going to make pretty good this year.
45.
make down, Chiefly Pennsylvania German. to rain or snow:
It’s making down hard.
46.
make fast, Chiefly Nautical. to fasten or secure.
47.
make shut, Chiefly Pennsylvania German. to close:
Make the door shut.
noun
48.
the style or manner in which something is made; form; build.
49.
production with reference to the manufacturer; brand:
our own make.
50.
disposition; character; nature.
51.
the act or process of making.
52.
quantity made; output.
53.
Cards. the act of naming the trump, or the suit named as trump.
54.
Electricity. the closing of an electric circuit.
55.
Jewelry. the excellence of a polished diamond with regard to proportion, symmetry, and finish.
56.
Slang. identifying information about a person or thing from police records:
He radioed headquarters for a make on the car’s license plate.
Verb phrases
57.
make out,

58.
make over,

59.
make for,

60.
make off,

61.
make off with, to carry away; steal:
While the family was away, thieves made off with most of their valuables.
62.
make on, Chiefly Pennsylvania German. to turn on, light, or ignite (especially a light or fire):
Make the light on.
63.
make up,

64.
make up to,

Idioms
65.
make a play for, to try to get:
He made a play for his brother’s girlfriend. They made a play for control of the company’s stock.
66.
make as if / as though, Informal. to act as if; pretend:
We will make as if to leave, then come back and surprise him.
67.
make away with,

68.
make believe, to pretend; imagine:
The little girl dressed in a sheet and made believe she was a ghost.
69.
make (so) bold, to have the temerity; be so rash; dare:
May I make so bold as to suggest that you stand when they enter?
70.
make book, Slang.

71.
make colors, Nautical. to hoist an ensign, as on board a warship.
72.
make do, to function, manage, or operate, usually on a deprivation level with minimal requirements:
During the war we had no butter or coffee, so we had to make do without them.
73.
make good,

74.
make heavy weather,

75.
make it,

76.
make it so, Nautical. strike the ship’s bell accordingly: said by the officer of the watch when the hour is announced.
77.
make like, Informal. to try or pretend to be like; imitate:
I’m going to go out and make like a gardener.
78.
make one’s manners, Southern U.S.

79.
make sail, Nautical.

80.
make time. (def 52).
81.
make water,

82.
make with, Slang.

83.
on the make, Informal.

84.
put the make on, Slang. to make sexual overtures to.
/ɡʊd/
adjective better, best
1.
having admirable, pleasing, superior, or positive qualities; not negative, bad or mediocre: a good idea, a good teacher
2.

3.
suitable or efficient for a purpose: a good secretary, a good winter coat
4.
beneficial or advantageous: vegetables are good for you
5.
not ruined or decayed; sound or whole: the meat is still good
6.
kindly, generous, or approving: you are good to him
7.
right or acceptable: your qualifications are good for the job
8.
rich and fertile: good land
9.
valid or genuine: I would not do this without good reason
10.
honourable or held in high esteem: a good family
11.
commercially or financially secure, sound, or safe: good securities, a good investment
12.
(of a draft) drawn for a stated sum
13.
(of debts) expected to be fully paid
14.
clever, competent, or talented: he’s good at science
15.
obedient or well-behaved: a good dog
16.
reliable, safe, or recommended: a good make of clothes
17.
affording material pleasure or indulgence: the good things in life, the good life
18.
having a well-proportioned, beautiful, or generally fine appearance: a good figure, a good complexion
19.
complete; full: I took a good look round the house
20.
propitious; opportune: a good time to ask the manager for a rise
21.
satisfying or gratifying: a good rest
22.
comfortable: did you have a good night?
23.
newest or of the best quality: to keep the good plates for important guests
24.
fairly large, extensive, or long: a good distance away
25.
sufficient; ample: we have a good supply of food
26.
(US) (of meat) of the third government grade, above standard and below choice
27.
serious or intellectual: good music
28.
used in a traditional description: the good ship “America”
29.
used in polite or patronizing phrases or to express anger (often intended ironically): how is your good lady?, look here, my good man!
30.
a good one

31.
as good as, virtually; practically: it’s as good as finished
32.
as good as gold, excellent; very good indeed
33.
be as good as to, be so good as to, would you please
34.
come good, to recover and perform well after a bad start or setback
35.
(informal) good and, (intensifier): good and mad
36.
(intensifier; used in mild oaths): good grief!, good heavens!
interjection
37.
an exclamation of approval, agreement, pleasure, etc
noun
38.
moral or material advantage or use; benefit or profit: for the good of our workers, what is the good of worrying?
39.
positive moral qualities; goodness; virtue; righteousness; piety
40.
(sometimes capital) moral qualities seen as a single abstract entity: we must pursue the Good
41.
a good thing
42.
(economics) a commodity or service that satisfies a human need
43.
for good, for good and all, forever; permanently: I have left them for good
44.
make good

45.
good on you, good for you, well done, well said, etc: a term of congratulation
46.
(Irish) get any good of, get some good of

/meɪk/
verb (mainly transitive) makes, making, made
1.
to bring into being by shaping, changing, or combining materials, ideas, etc; form or fashion; create: to make a chair from bits of wood, make a poem
2.
to draw up, establish, or form: to make a decision, make one’s will
3.
to cause to exist, bring about, or produce: don’t make a noise
4.
to cause, compel, or induce: please make him go away
5.
to appoint or assign, as to a rank or position: they made him chairman
6.
to constitute: one swallow doesn’t make a summer
7.
(also intransitive) to come or cause to come into a specified state or condition: to make merry, make someone happy
8.
(copula) to be or become through development: he will make a good teacher
9.
to cause or ensure the success of: your news has made my day
10.
to amount to: twelve inches make a foot
11.
to be part of or a member of: did she make one of the party?
12.
to serve as or be suitable for: that piece of cloth will make a coat
13.
to prepare or put into a fit condition for use: to make a bed
14.
to be the essential element in or part of: charm makes a good salesman
15.
to carry out, effect, or do: to make a gesture
16.
(intransitive; foll by to, as if to, or as though to) to act with the intention or with a show of doing something: they made to go out, he made as if to hit her
17.
to use for a specified purpose: I will make this town my base
18.
to deliver or pronounce: to make a speech
19.
to judge, reckon, or give one’s own opinion or information as to: what time do you make it?
20.
to cause to seem or represent as being: that furniture makes the room look dark
21.
to earn, acquire, or win for oneself: to make friends, make a fortune
22.
to engage in: make love not war
23.
to traverse or cover (distance) by travelling: we can make a hundred miles by nightfall
24.
to arrive in time for: he didn’t make the first act of the play
25.
(cards)

26.
(cricket) to score (runs)
27.
(electronics) to close (a circuit) permitting a flow of current Compare break (sense 44)
28.
(intransitive) to increase in depth: the water in the hold was making a foot a minute
29.
(intransitive) (of hay) to dry and mature
30.
(informal) to gain a place or position on or in: to make the headlines, make the first team
31.
(informal) to achieve the rank of
32.
(slang) to seduce
33.
make a book, to take bets on a race or other contest
34.
make a day of it, to cause an activity to last a day
35.
make a night of it, to cause an activity to last a night
36.
make do, See do1 (sense 37)
37.
make eyes at, to flirt with or ogle
38.
make good, See good (sense 44)
39.
(nautical) make heavy weather, to roll and pitch in heavy seas
40.
(informal) make heavy weather of something, to carry something out with great difficulty or unnecessarily great effort
41.
make it

42.
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) make like, to imitate
43.
make love

44.
make love to someone

45.
make or break, to bring success or ruin
46.
make time, See time (sense 45)
47.
make water

noun
48.
brand, type, or style: what make of car is that?
49.
the manner or way in which something is made
50.
disposition or character; make-up
51.
the act or process of making
52.
the amount or number made
53.
(bridge) the contract to be played
54.
(cards) a player’s turn to shuffle
55.
on the make

/meɪk/
noun (archaic)
1.
a peer or consort
2.
a mate or spouse
v.

Old English macian “to make, form, construct, do; prepare, arrange, cause; behave, fare, transform,” from West Germanic *makon “to fashion, fit” (cf. Old Saxon makon, Old Frisian makia “to build, make,” Middle Dutch and Dutch maken, Old High German mahhon “to construct, make,” German machen “to make”), from PIE *mag- “to knead, mix; to fashion, fit” (see macerate). If so, sense evolution perhaps is via prehistoric houses built of mud. Gradually replaced the main Old English word, gewyrcan (see work (v.)).

Meaning “to arrive at” (a place), first attested 1620s, originally was nautical. Formerly used in many places where specific verbs now are used, e.g. to make Latin (c.1500) “to write Latin compositions.” This broader usage survives in some phrases, e.g. to make water “to urinate,” to make a book “arrange a series of bets” (1828), make hay “to turn over mown grass to expose it to sun.” Make the grade is 1912, perhaps from the notion of railway engines going up an incline.

Read the valuable suggestions in Dr. C.V. Mosby’s book — be prepared to surmount obstacles before you encounter them — equipped with the power to “make the grade” in life’s climb. [advertisement for “Making the Grade,” December 1916]

But the phrase also was in use in a schoolwork context at the time. Make do “manage with what is available” is attested from 1867. Make time “go fast” is 1849; make tracks in this sense is from 1834. To make a federal case out of (something) popularized in 1959 movie “Anatomy of a Murder;” to make an offer (one) can’t refuse is from Mario Puzo’s 1969 novel “The Godfather.” To make (one’s) day is from 1909; menacing make my day is from 1971, popularized by Clint Eastwood in film “Sudden Impact” (1983). Related: Made; making.

n.

“match, mate, companion” (now archaic or dialectal), from Old English gemaca “mate, equal; one of a pair, comrade; consort, husband, wife,” from Proto-Germanic *gamakon-, related to Old English gemæcc “well-matched, suitable,” macian “to make” (see make (v.)). Meaning “manner in which something is made, design, construction” is from c.1300. Phrase on the make “intent on profit or advancement” is from 1869.
adj.

Old English god (with a long “o”) “virtuous; desirable; valid; considerable,” probably originally “having the right or desirable quality,” from Proto-Germanic *gothaz (cf. Old Norse goðr, Dutch goed, Old High German guot, German gut, Gothic goþs), originally “fit, adequate, belonging together,” from PIE root *ghedh- “to unite, be associated, suitable” (cf. Old Church Slavonic godu “pleasing time,” Russian godnyi “fit, suitable,” Old English gædrian “to gather, to take up together”). As an expression of satisfaction, from early 15c.; of children, “well-behaved,” by 1690s.

Irregular comparatives (better, best) reflect a widespread pattern, cf. Latin bonus, melior, optimus. Good-for-nothing is from 1711. Good looking is attested from 1780 (good looks by c.1800). Good sport, of persons, is from 1906; good to go is attested from 1989. The good book “the Bible” attested from 1801, originally in missionary literature describing the language of conversion efforts in American Indian tribes.

Why then, can one desire too much of a good thing. [“As You Like It”]

n.

Old English gōd “that which is good, goodness; advantage, benefit; gift; virtue; property;” from good (adj.).

Related Terms

be good, do-good, do-gooder, feel good, have it good, make good, no-good

noun

verb

Related Terms

easy make, on the make, on the take, put the make on someone, run a make

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