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contact

  
  ( contacts    plural & 3rd person present)   ( contacting    present participle)   ( contacted    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-uncount   Contact involves meeting or communicating with someone, especially regularly.  
also N in pl, oft N with/between n  
Opposition leaders are denying any contact with the government in Kabul..., He forbade contacts between directors and executives outside his presence.     
2    If you are in contactwith someone, you regularly meet them or communicate with them.  
in contact (with sb)      phrase   usu v-link PHR, oft PHR with n  
He was in direct contact with the kidnappers..., We do keep in contact.     
3       verb   If you contact someone, you telephone them, write to them, or go to see them in order to tell or ask them something.  
Contact the Tourist Information Bureau for further details...      V n  
When she first contacted me Frances was upset.      V n  
4       n-uncount   If you come into contact with someone or something, you meet that person or thing in the course of your work or other activities.  
into N with n  
The college has brought me into contact with western ideas.     
5    If you make contactwith someone, you find out where they are and talk or write to them.  
make contact (with sb)             phrase   V inflects, PHR with n, pl-n V  
Then, after she had become famous, he tried to make contact with her.     
6    If you lose contactwith someone who you have been friendly with, you no longer see them, speak to them, or write to them.  
lose contact (with sb)      phrase   V inflects, PHR with n, pl-n V  
Though they all live nearby, I lost contact with them really quickly..., Mother and son lost contact when Nicholas was in his early twenties.     
7       n-uncount   When people or things are in contact, they are touching each other.  
oft in/into N with n  
They compared how these organisms behaved when left in contact with different materials..., The cry occurs when air is brought into contact with the baby's larynx..., There was no physical contact, nor did I want any...     
8       n-uncount   Radio contact is communication by means of radio.  
...a technical problem reported by the pilot moments before he lost contact with the control tower.     
9       n-count   A contact is someone you know in an organization or profession who helps you or gives you information.  
Their contact in the United States Embassy was called Phil.     
10   
    to make eye contact  
    eye  
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make

  

      vb  
1    assemble, build, compose, constitute, construct, create, fabricate, fashion, forge, form, frame, manufacture, mould, originate, produce, put together, shape, synthesize  
2    accomplish, beget, bring about, cause, create, effect, engender, generate, give rise to, lead to, occasion, produce  
3    cause, coerce, compel, constrain, dragoon, drive, force, impel, induce, oblige, press, pressurize, prevail upon, railroad     (informal)   require  
4    appoint, assign, create, designate, elect, install, invest, nominate, ordain  
5    draw up, enact, establish, fix, form, frame, pass  
6    add up to, amount to, compose, constitute, embody, form, represent  
7    act, carry out, do, effect, engage in, execute, perform, practise, prosecute  
8    calculate, estimate, gauge, judge, reckon, suppose, think  
9    acquire, clear, earn, gain, get, net, obtain, realize, secure, take in, win  
10    arrive at, arrive in time for, attain, catch, get to, meet, reach  
11    make it        (informal)   arrive     (informal)   be successful, come through, crack it     (informal)   cut it     (informal)   get on, get somewhere, prosper, pull through, succeed, survive  
      n  
12    brand, build, character, composition, constitution, construction, cut, designation, form, kind, make-up, mark, model, shape, sort, structure, style, type, variety  
13    cast of mind, character, disposition, frame of mind, humour, kidney, make-up, nature, stamp, temper, temperament  


make as if      , though  
act as if or though, affect, feign, feint, give the impression that, make a show of, pretend  
make away  
1    abscond, beat a hasty retreat, clear out     (informal)   cut and run     (informal)   decamp, depart, do a runner     (slang)   flee, fly, fly the coop     (U.S. & Canad. informal)   hook it     (slang)   make off, run away or off, run for it     (informal)   scoot, skedaddle     (informal)   slope off, take a powder     (U.S. & Canad. slang)   take it on the lam     (U.S. & Canad. slang)   take to one's heels  
2      (with)       with   abduct, cabbage     (Brit. slang)   carry off, cart off     (slang)   filch, kidnap, knock off     (slang)   make off with, nab     (informal)   nick     (slang, chiefly Brit.)   pilfer, pinch     (informal)   purloin, steal, swipe     (slang)  
3      (with)       with   blow away     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   bump off     (slang)   destroy, dispose of, do away with, do in     (slang)   eliminate, get rid of, kill, murder, rub out     (U.S. slang)  
make-believe  
1   
      n   charade, dream, fantasy, imagination, play-acting, pretence, unreality  
2   
      adj   dream, fantasized, fantasy, imaginary, imagined, made-up, mock, pretend, pretended, sham, unreal  
  
Antonyms     
,       n   actuality, fact, reality, truthfulness  
      adj   authentic, genuine, real, unfeigned  
make believe     
act as if or though, dream, enact, fantasize, imagine, play, play-act, pretend  
make do     
cope, get along or by, improvise, manage, muddle through, scrape along or by  
make for  
1    aim for, be bound for, head for or towards, proceed towards, steer (a course) for  
2    assail, assault, attack, fall on, fly at, go for, have a go at     (informal)   lunge at, set upon  
3    be conducive to, conduce to, contribute to, facilitate, favour, promote  
make off  
1    abscond, beat a hasty retreat, bolt, clear out     (informal)   cut and run     (informal)   decamp, do a runner     (slang)   flee, fly, fly the coop     (U.S. & Canad. informal)   hook it     (slang)   make away, run away or off, run for it     (informal)   skedaddle     (informal)   slope off, take a powder     (U.S. & Canad. slang)   take it on the lam     (U.S. & Canad. slang)   take to one's heels  
2      (with)       with   abduct, cabbage     (Brit. slang)   carry off, cart off     (slang)   filch, kidnap, knock off     (slang)   make away with, nab     (informal)   nick     (slang, chiefly Brit.)   pilfer, pinch     (informal)   purloin, run away or off with, steal, swipe     (slang)  
make out  
1    descry, detect, discern, discover, distinguish, espy, perceive, recognize, see  
2    comprehend, decipher, fathom, follow, grasp, perceive, realize, see, suss (out)     (slang)   understand, work out  
3    complete, draw up, fill in or out, inscribe, write (out)  
4    demonstrate, describe, prove, represent, show  
5    assert, claim, let on, make as if or though, pretend  
6    fare, get on, manage, prosper, succeed, thrive  
make-up  
1    cosmetics, face     (informal)   greasepaint     (Theatre)   maquillage, paint     (informal)   powder, war paint     (informal, humorous)  
2    arrangement, assembly, composition, configuration, constitution, construction, form, format, formation, organization, structure  
3    build, cast of mind, character, constitution, disposition, figure, frame of mind, make, nature, stamp, temper, temperament  
make up  
1    compose, comprise, constitute, form  
2    coin, compose, concoct, construct, cook up     (informal)   create, devise, dream up, fabricate, formulate, frame, hatch, invent, manufacture, originate, trump up, write  
3    complete, fill, meet, supply  
4      (with)       for   atone, balance, compensate, make amends, offset, recompense, redeem, redress, requite  
5    bury the hatchet, call it quits, come to terms, compose, forgive and forget, make peace, mend, reconcile, settle, shake hands  
6    make up one's mind      choose, come to a decision, decide, determine, make a decision, reach a decision, resolve, settle  
7    make up to        (informal)   chat up     (informal)   court, curry favour with, flirt with, make overtures to, woo  

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exp.
lose contact
v.
make something succeed strongly and rapidly
exp.
make a sensational announcement
[Fig.] E.g.: Today's newspapers dropped a bomb about the President's past.
v.
take a decision based on one's subjective conclusions, when objective evidence is not available
exp.
phrase meant to emphasize the speaker's self-assurance
syn.: you can bet on it; trust me; you can count on it; I'm telling you...
exp.
deliberately make things difficult for someone; sabotage
id.
make a lot of efforts to understand something
n.
person who is a specialist of make-up and who applies makeup in a professional manner
exp.
something used to make someone do what you want
We can use the money as a bargaining chip in the negotiations.
n.
Makes new purchases everyday keep up to make a new position with many individual connection gainers in the winning economy.
id.
At a point where you know you have to make a decision that not only effects your life, not only the life of the objects you love but the ones that you consider as well. More than one crux will certainly cause an individual to have a dilemma or two.
n.
hin, often tapered piece of material, such as wood, stone, or metal, used to fill gaps, make something level, or adjust something to fit properly
nnpl.
to make a hole in ground, with a spade for example
v.
to recycle somethiing and make it into something more upmarket
a necklace made of upcycled plastic bags
n.
1. using copyright law to make a piece of work freely available and allowing its free distribution and modification (as long as its derivate versions follow the same copyright rules)
n.
a group of people who decide to meet and make purchases at a local business. The aim is both to support it and to meet up with the community.
Inspired by the phenomenon of flash mobs, which refers to groups of people mobilized by social media to perform entertaining or unusual acts in public, such as choreographies
n.
remnants of disputes that make a relationship between people or companies difficult to maintain, even without an open dispute
n.
one of several parts that together make up a whole machines, system etc.
A component that is vital for my life is a computer because i use it everyday to do homework and email.
n.
The ability to make decisions and take action without waiting for someone to tell you what to do
I showed my initiative when I became a group leader in class.
n.
To delibaretly make someone feel frightened especially so that they will do what you want ; scared and follow directions of yours or what you want thing to be ...
exp.
If there is very little or no possibility of that happening . . . Will Susan make you laugh? Fat chance.
exp.
to take OR bring somebody down a notch means to make them behave less arrogantly or proudly.
v.
launch the process, launch the project, make sure that progress is under way
idiom
exp.
something that you say which means you cannot make a good quality product using bad quality materials
n.
one who makes stripes and epaulettes
[Tech.]
n.
virtual network linking an user to his or her professional and / or personal contacts
[Tech.]

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