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{{11}}make (n.) "match, mate, companion" (now archaic or dialectal), from O.E. gemaca "mate, equal; one of a pair, comrade; consort, husband, wife," from P.Gmc. *gamakon-, related to O.E. gemæcc "well-matched, suitable," macian "to make" (see MAKE (Cf. 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.
{{12}}make (v.) O.E. macian "to make, form, construct, do; prepare, arrange, cause; behave, fare, transform," from W.Gmc. *makon "to fashion, fit" (Cf. O.S. makon, O.Fris. makia "to build, make," M.Du., Du. maken, O.H.G. mahhon "to construct, make," Ger. machen "to make"), from PIE *mag- "to knead, mix; to fashion, fit" (see MACERATE (Cf. macerate)). If so, sense evolution perhaps is via prehistoric houses built of mud. Gradually replaced the main Old English word, gewyrcan (see WORK (Cf. 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.
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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 (Cf. Made); making.

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  • make — make, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {made} (m[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {making}.] [OE. maken, makien, AS. macian; akin to OS. mak?n, OFries. makia, D. maken, G. machen, OHG. mahh?n to join, fit, prepare, make, Dan. mage. Cf. {Match} an equal.] 1. To cause to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • make — make1 [māk] vt. made, making [ME maken < OE macian, akin to Ger machen < IE base * maĝ , to knead, press, stretch > MASON, Gr magis, kneaded mass, paste, dough, mageus, kneader] 1. to bring into being; specif., a) to form by shaping or… …   English World dictionary

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  • Make — (engl. machen, erstellen) ist ein Computerprogramm, das Shellskript ähnlich Kommandos in Abhängigkeit von Bedingungen ausführt. Es wird hauptsächlich bei der Softwareentwicklung eingesetzt. Genutzt wird es beispielsweise, um in einem Projekt, das …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • make — ► VERB (past and past part. made) 1) form by putting parts together or combining substances. 2) cause to be or come about. 3) force to do something. 4) (make into) alter (something) so that it forms (something else). 5) constitute, amount to, or… …   English terms dictionary

  • Make — (m[=a]k), v. i. 1. To act in a certain manner; to have to do; to manage; to interfere; to be active; often in the phrase to meddle or make. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A scurvy, jack a nape priest to meddle or make. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To proceed;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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