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make

  
[1]     ( makes    3rd person present)   ( making    present participle)   ( made    past tense & past participle  )   (CARRYING OUT AN ACTION)  
Make is used in a large number of expressions which are explained under other words in this dictionary. For example, the expression `to make sense' is explained at `sense'.     
1       verb   You can use make with a wide range of nouns to indicate that someone performs an action or says something. For example, if you make a suggestion, you suggest something.  
I'd just like to make a comment...      V n  
I made a few phone calls...      V n  
I think you're making a serious mistake...      V n  
2       verb   You can use make with certain nouns to indicate that someone does something well or badly. For example, if you make a success of something, you do it successfully, and if you make a mess of something, you do it very badly.  
Apparently he made a mess of his audition...      V n of n  
Are you really going to make a better job of it this time?      V n of n  
3       verb   If you makeas if to do something or maketo do something, you behave in a way that makes it seem that you are just about to do it.  
WRITTEN   Mary made as if to protest, then hesitated...      V as if to-inf  
He made to chase Davey, who ran back laughing.      V to-inf  
4       verb   In cricket, if a player makes a particular number of runs, they score that number of runs. In baseball or American football, if a player makes a particular score, they achieve that score.   (=score)  
He made 1,972 runs for the county.      V amount  
5    If you make dowith something, you use or have it instead of something else that you do not have, although it is not as good.  
to make do      phrase   make inflects, oft PHR with n  
Why make do with a copy if you can afford the genuine article?...     
6    If you make like you are doing something, you act as if you are doing it, and if you make like someone, you act as if you are that person.  
INFORMAL  
to make like sth/sb      phrase   V inflects, PHR cl, PHR n  
Bob makes like he's a fish blowing bubbles.     
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n.
person who is a specialist of make-up and who applies makeup in a professional manner
n.
one of the parts that make up a whole machine, system etc.
n.
sex
colloquial - made popular by S. Berlusconi
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
n.
[in Thailand] young male transsexual (often a sex worker)
id.
make a lot of efforts to understand something
exp.
something used to make someone do what you want
We can use the money as a bargaining chip in the negotiations.
n.
a person, generally a man, dedicated to improving his skills in attracting and seducing the other sex
Other spelling : Pickup artist The use of "pick up" in this context comes from American slang and means becoming acquainted with, esp. with a view to having sexual relations
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
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.
the impossibility to make a good quality product using bad quality materials
n.
one who makes stripes and epaulettes
[Tech.]
n.
term used in football when a player makes an acrobatic movement using his legs
n.
network-based services that makes information available from multiple electronic devices by linking it to an account
[Tech.]
id.
expression meaning that one should not criticize someone else for a mistake that he/she also makes or a flaw that he/she also has

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