make


make
I

n. (colloq.)

search for gain or sexual favors

on the make (he's always on the make)

II
v.

1) (A) ('to propose') she made an offer to us; or: she made us an offer

2) (C) ('to prepare') make an omelet for me; or: make me an omelet

3) (d; intr.) to make for ('to head for') (she made for the exit; the ship made for the open sea)

4) (d; intr.) to make for ('to lead to') (willingness to compromise makes for success in negotiations)

5) (D; tr.) ('to provide') to make for (to make room for smb.)

6) (D; tr.) ('to create') to make from, of, out of (to make butter from cream; she made a table out of wood; tires can be made from/of/out of synthetic rubber)

7) (d; tr.) ('to transform') to make into (to make a novel into a film; the experience made her into a skeptic)

8) (slang) (AE) (d; intr.) to make like ('to imitate') (to make like a clown)

9) (d; tr.) to make of ('to interpret') (what do you make of their offer?)

10) (d; tr.) ('to create') to make of, out of (to make a fool of smb.; the army made a man out of him)

11) (D; tr.) ('to create') to make with (you make a stew with meat and vegetables)

12) (I) ('to cause'); ('to force') she made the children clean their room; we made them wait; the police could not make him talk

13) (N; used with an adjective, noun, past participle) ('to cause to become') the news made us happy; the rough sea made them seasick; we made our position clear; he made me his deputy; she could not make herself understood

14) (S; used with nouns) ('to prove to be') she made a good deputy

15) (misc.) (AE; colloq.) he finally made colonel ('he was finally promoted to the rank of colonel')

USAGE NOTE: When pattern I is put into the passive, to is inserted--they were made to wait. (see the Usage Note for made)
* * *
[meɪk]
('to force') she made the children clean their room
he made me his deputy
of
or: she made us an offer
or: make me an omelet
she could not make herself understood
the police could not make him talk
the rough sea made them seasick
we made our position clear
we made them wait
out of (to make a fool of smb.; the army made a man out of him)
(A) ('to propose') she made an offer to us
(C) ('to prepare') make an omelet for me
(D; tr.) ('to create') to make from
(N; used with an adjective, noun, past participle) ('to cause to become') the news made us happy
(S; used with nouns) ('to prove to be') she made a good deputy
(d; tr.) ('to create') to make of
(misc.) (AE; colloq.) he finally made colonel (USAGE NOTE: When pattern I is put into the passive, to is inserted: they were made to wait. (see the Usage Note for made); 'he was finally promoted to the rank of colonel')
(colloq.) ['search for gain or sexual favors'] on the make (he's always on the make)
(d; intr.) to make for (she made for the exit; the ship made for the open sea; 'to head for')
(d; tr.) ('to transform') to make into (to make a novel into a film; the experience made her into a skeptic)
(slang) (AE) (d; intr.) to make like (to make like a clown; 'to imitate')
(D; tr.) ('to provide') to make for (to make room for smb.)
(d; tr.) to make of (what do you make of their offer?; 'to interpret')
(d; intr.) to make for (willingness to compromise makes for success in negotiations; 'to lead to')
(D; tr.) ('to create') to make with (you make a stew with meat and vegetables)

Combinatory dictionary. 2013.

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