verb (used with object), made, making.
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.
to produce; cause to exist or happen; bring about:
to make trouble; to make war.
to cause to be or become; render:
to make someone happy.
to appoint or name:
The president made her his special envoy.
to put in the proper condition or state, as for use; fix; prepare:
to make a bed; to make dinner.
to bring into a certain form:
to make bricks out of clay.
to convert from one state, condition, category, etc., to another:
to make a virtue of one’s vices.
to cause, induce, or compel:
to make a horse jump a barrier.
to give rise to; occasion:
It’s not worth making a fuss over such a trifle.
to produce, earn, or win for oneself:
to make a good salary; to make one’s fortune in oil.
to write or compose:
to make a short poem for the occasion.
to draw up, as a legal document; draft:
to make a will.
to do; effect:
to make a bargain.
to establish or enact; put into existence:
to make laws.
to become by development; prove to be:
You’ll make a good lawyer.
to form in the mind, as a judgment or estimate:
to make a decision.
to judge or interpret, as to the truth, nature, meaning, etc. (often followed by of):
What do you make of it?
to estimate; reckon:
to make the distance at ten miles.
to bring together separate parts so as to produce a whole; compose; form:
to make a matched set.
to amount to; bring up the total to:
Two plus two makes four. That makes an even dozen.
to serve as:
to make good reading.
to be sufficient to constitute:
One story does not make a writer.
to be adequate or suitable for:
This wool will make a warm sweater.
to assure the success or fortune of:
a deal that could make or break him; Seeing her made my day.
to deliver, utter, or put forth:
to make a stirring speech.
to go or travel at a particular speed:
to make 60 miles an hour.
to arrive at or reach; attain:
The ship made port on Friday. Do you think he’ll make 80?
to arrive in time for:
to make the first show.
to arrive in time to be a passenger on (a plane, boat, bus, train, etc.):
If you hurry, you can make the next flight.
Informal. to gain or acquire a position within:
He made the big time.
to receive mention or appear in or on:
The robbery made the front page.
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.
Slang. to have sexual intercourse with.
to earn, as a score:
The team made 40 points in the first half.
to close (an electric circuit).
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.
to cause oneself, or something understood, to be as specified:
to make sure.
to show oneself to be or seem in action or behavior (usually followed by an adjective):
to make merry.
to be made, as specified:
This fabric makes up into beautiful drapes.
to move or proceed in a particular direction:
They made after the thief.
to rise, as the tide or water in a ship.
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.
make down, Chiefly Pennsylvania German. to rain or snow:
It’s making down hard.
make fast, Chiefly Nautical. to fasten or secure.
make shut, Chiefly Pennsylvania German. to close:
Make the door shut.
the style or manner in which something is made; form; build.
production with reference to the manufacturer; brand:
our own make.
disposition; character; nature.
the act or process of making.
quantity made; output.
Cards. the act of naming the trump, or the suit named as trump.
Electricity. the closing of an electric circuit.
Jewelry. the excellence of a polished diamond with regard to proportion, symmetry, and finish.
Slang. identifying information about a person or thing from police records:
He radioed headquarters for a make on the car’s license plate.
make off with, to carry away; steal:
While the family was away, thieves made off with most of their valuables.
make on, Chiefly Pennsylvania German. to turn on, light, or ignite (especially a light or fire):
Make the light on.
make up to,
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.
make as if / as though, Informal. to act as if; pretend:
We will make as if to leave, then come back and surprise him.
make away with,
make believe, to pretend; imagine:
The little girl dressed in a sheet and made believe she was a ghost.
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?
make book, Slang.
make colors, Nautical. to hoist an ensign, as on board a warship.
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.
make heavy weather,
make it so, Nautical. strike the ship’s bell accordingly: said by the officer of the watch when the hour is announced.
make like, Informal. to try or pretend to be like; imitate:
I’m going to go out and make like a gardener.
make one’s manners, Southern U.S.
make sail, Nautical.
make time. (def 52).
make with, Slang.
on the make, Informal.
put the make on, Slang. to make sexual overtures to.
[waw-ter, wot-er] /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər/
a transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid, a compound of hydrogen and oxygen, H 2 O, freezing at 32°F or 0°C and boiling at 212°F or 100°C, that in a more or less impure state constitutes rain, oceans, lakes, rivers, etc.: it contains 11.188 percent hydrogen and 88.812 percent oxygen, by weight.
a special form or variety of this liquid, as rain.
Often, waters. this liquid in an impure state as obtained from a mineral spring:
Last year we went to Marienbad for the waters.
the liquid content of a river, inlet, etc., with reference to its relative height, especially as dependent on tide:
a difference of 20 feet between high and low water.
the surface of a stream, river, lake, ocean, etc.:
above, below, or on the water.
a liquid solution or preparation, especially one used for cosmetic purposes:
lavender water; lemon water.
Often, waters. Medicine/Medical.
any of various solutions of volatile or gaseous substances in water:
any liquid or aqueous organic secretion, exudation, humor, or the like, as tears, perspiration, or urine.
Finance. fictitious assets or the inflated values they give to the stock of a corporation.
a wavy, lustrous pattern or marking, as on silk fabrics or metal surfaces.
(formerly) the degree of transparency and brilliancy of a diamond or other precious stone.
take water, (of a boat) to allow water to enter through leaks or portholes or over the side.
verb (used with object)
to sprinkle, moisten, or drench with water:
to water the flowers; to water a street.
to supply (animals) with water for drinking.
to furnish with a supply of water, as a ship.
to furnish water to (a region), as by streams; supply (land) with water, as by irrigation:
The valley is watered by a branch of the Colorado River. Our land is watered by the All-American Canal.
to dilute, weaken, soften, or adulterate with, or as with, water (often followed by down):
to water soup; to water down an unfavorable report.
Finance. to issue or increase the par value of (shares of stock) without having the assets to warrant doing so (often followed by down).
to produce a wavy, lustrous pattern, marking, or finish on (fabrics, metals, etc.):
verb (used without object)
to discharge, fill with, or secrete water or liquid, as the eyes when irritated, or as the mouth at the sight or thought of tempting food.
to drink water, as an animal.
to take in a supply of water, as a ship:
Our ship will water at Savannah.
of or relating to water in any way:
a water journey.
holding, or designed to hold, water:
a water jug.
worked or powered by water:
a water turbine.
heating, pumping, or circulating water (often used in combination):
hot-water furnace; city waterworks.
used in or on water:
containing or prepared with water, as for hardening or dilution:
located or occurring on, in, or by water:
water music; water frontage.
residing by or in, or ruling over, water:
water people; water deities.
above water, out of embarrassment or trouble, especially of a financial nature:
They had so many medical bills that they could hardly keep their heads above water.
by water, by ship or boat:
to send goods by water.
dead in the water. (def 41).
in deep water, in great distress or difficulty:
Their marriage has been in deep water for some time.
in hot water. .
like water, lavishly; abundantly; freely:
The champagne flowed like water.
make one’s mouth water, to excite a desire or appetite for something:
The roasting turkey made our mouths water.
tread water. (def 23).
a clear colourless tasteless odourless liquid that is essential for plant and animal life and constitutes, in impure form, rain, oceans, rivers, lakes, etc. It is a neutral substance, an effective solvent for many compounds, and is used as a standard for many physical properties. Formula: H2O related adjective aqueous related combining_forms hydro- aqua-
the surface of such a body or area: fish swam below the water
any form or variety of this liquid, such as rain
See high water, low water
any of various solutions of chemical substances in water: lithia water, ammonia water
a wavy lustrous finish on some fabrics, esp silk
(archaic) the degree of brilliance in a diamond See also first water
excellence, quality, or degree (in the phrase of the first water)
(modifier) (astrology) of or relating to the three signs of the zodiac Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces Compare air (sense 20), earth (sense 10), fire (sense 24)
(informal) above the water, out of trouble or difficulty, esp financial trouble
hold water, to prove credible, logical, or consistent: the alibi did not hold water
in deep water, in trouble or difficulty
pass water, to urinate
test the water, See test1 (sense 5)
(informal) throw cold water on, pour cold water on, to be unenthusiastic about or discourage
water under the bridge, events that are past and done with
(transitive) to sprinkle, moisten, or soak with water
(transitive) often foll by down. to weaken by the addition of water
(intransitive) (of the eyes) to fill with tears
(intransitive) (of the mouth) to salivate, esp in anticipation of food (esp in the phrase make one’s mouth water)
(transitive) to irrigate or provide with water: to water the land, he watered the cattle
(intransitive) to drink water
(intransitive) (of a ship, etc) to take in a supply of water
(transitive) (finance) to raise the par value of (issued capital stock) without a corresponding increase in the real value of assets
(transitive) to produce a wavy lustrous finish on (fabrics, esp silk)
verb (mainly transitive) makes, making, made
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
to draw up, establish, or form: to make a decision, make one’s will
to cause to exist, bring about, or produce: don’t make a noise
to cause, compel, or induce: please make him go away
to appoint or assign, as to a rank or position: they made him chairman
to constitute: one swallow doesn’t make a summer
(also intransitive) to come or cause to come into a specified state or condition: to make merry, make someone happy
(copula) to be or become through development: he will make a good teacher
to cause or ensure the success of: your news has made my day
to amount to: twelve inches make a foot
to be part of or a member of: did she make one of the party?
to serve as or be suitable for: that piece of cloth will make a coat
to prepare or put into a fit condition for use: to make a bed
to be the essential element in or part of: charm makes a good salesman
to carry out, effect, or do: to make a gesture
(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
to use for a specified purpose: I will make this town my base
to deliver or pronounce: to make a speech
to judge, reckon, or give one’s own opinion or information as to: what time do you make it?
to cause to seem or represent as being: that furniture makes the room look dark
to earn, acquire, or win for oneself: to make friends, make a fortune
to engage in: make love not war
to traverse or cover (distance) by travelling: we can make a hundred miles by nightfall
to arrive in time for: he didn’t make the first act of the play
(cricket) to score (runs)
(electronics) to close (a circuit) permitting a flow of current Compare break (sense 44)
(intransitive) to increase in depth: the water in the hold was making a foot a minute
(intransitive) (of hay) to dry and mature
(informal) to gain a place or position on or in: to make the headlines, make the first team
(informal) to achieve the rank of
(slang) to seduce
make a book, to take bets on a race or other contest
make a day of it, to cause an activity to last a day
make a night of it, to cause an activity to last a night
make do, See do1 (sense 37)
make eyes at, to flirt with or ogle
make good, See good (sense 44)
(nautical) make heavy weather, to roll and pitch in heavy seas
(informal) make heavy weather of something, to carry something out with great difficulty or unnecessarily great effort
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) make like, to imitate
make love to someone
make or break, to bring success or ruin
make time, See time (sense 45)
brand, type, or style: what make of car is that?
the manner or way in which something is made
disposition or character; make-up
the act or process of making
the amount or number made
(bridge) the contract to be played
(cards) a player’s turn to shuffle
on the make
a peer or consort
a mate or spouse
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.
“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.
Old English wæter, from Proto-Germanic *watar (cf. Old Saxon watar, Old Frisian wetir, Dutch water, Old High German wazzar, German Wasser, Old Norse vatn, Gothic wato “water”), from PIE *wodor/*wedor/*uder-, from root *wed- (cf. Hittite watar, Sanskrit udrah, Greek hydor, Old Church Slavonic and Russian voda, Lithuanian vanduo, Old Prussian wundan, Gaelic uisge “water;” Latin unda “wave”).
Linguists believe PIE had two root words for water: *ap- and *wed-. The first (preserved in Sanskrit apah) was “animate,” referring to water as a living force; the latter referred to it as an inanimate substance. The same probably was true of fire (n.).
To keep (one’s) head above water in the figurative sense is recorded from 1742. Water cooler is recorded from 1846; water polo from 1884; water torture from 1928. First record of water-closet is from 1755. Water-ice as a confection is from 1818. Watering-place is mid-15c., of animals, 1757, of persons. Water-lily first attested 1540s.
measure of quality of a diamond, c.1600, from water (n.1), perhaps as a translation of Arabic ma’ “water,” which also is used in the sense “lustre, splendor.”
Old English wæterian (see water (n.1)). Meaning “to dilute” is attested from late 14c.; now usually as water down (1850). To make water “urinate” is recorded from early 15c. Related: Watered; watering.
water wa·ter (wô’tər)
A colorless, odorless compound of hydrogen and oxygen. Water covers about three-quarters of the Earth’s surface in solid form (ice) and liquid form, and is prevalent in the lower atmosphere in its gaseous form, water vapor. Water is an unusually good solvent for a large variety of substances, and is an essential component of all organisms, being necessary for most biological processes. Unlike most substances, water is less dense as ice than in liquid form; thus, ice floats on liquid water. Water freezes at 0°C (32°F) and boils at 100°C (212°F). Chemical formula: H2O.
To do sex play in a parked car
[1980s+ Teenagers; fr the fact that no submarine races are in progress to be watched]
easy make, on the make, on the take, put the make on someone, run a make
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[meyk-wurk] /ˈmeɪkˌwɜrk/ noun 1. work, usually of little importance, created to keep a person from being idle or unemployed. “busy-work, activity of no value,” 1913 (adj.); 1937 (n.), American English, from the verbal expression to make work (see make (v.) + work (n.)). A big fire devoured a street; “It will make work,” I heard […]
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