Definition of make for in US English:

make for

phrasal verb

  • 1Move or head toward (a place)

    ‘I made for the life raft and hung on for dear life’
    • ‘He tottered blindly towards the bar like a camel making for an oasis after a hard day at the office.’
    • ‘I opened the door and out he dashed, making for his favourite hiding place.’
    • ‘The fumes of the city stung harshly in my nose as I inched towards the Ramblas, one among twenty thousand making for Barcelona's famous promenade.’
    • ‘The crowd has swelled so you can't move, let alone photograph, so I make for a restaurant on a first floor from where I can look down on the concert below.’
    • ‘But finding his army outflanked by Cromwell, he moved south in August, making for the old royalist strongholds of Wales and the west midlands.’
    • ‘He ordered us to go and we moved into a jog, making for our destination.’
    • ‘She pushed past him, making for the entrance in the rock through which her guide had disappeared.’
    • ‘Parliament decided to use its army to cut off Rupert's lines of support and so moved off the moor and made for Tadcaster.’
    • ‘Inside, he waved Susan towards his rocking chair and made for the kitchen.’
    • ‘The invasion force making for Midway was ineffectually attacked on 3 June, and Midway was heavily bombed on the following day.’
    go towards, head for, head towards, aim for, make one's way towards, move towards, direct one's steps towards, steer a course towards, be bound for, set out for, make a beeline for, take to
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    1. 1.1 Approach (someone) to attack them.
      • ‘He began to heave the books at her, and when he ran out of books she made for him again.’
      • ‘He grunted in anger and made for them again, and Mike pushed him back once more.’
      • ‘He pushed forward and made for the woman with the guitar.’
  • 2Tend to result in or be received as (a particular thing)

    ‘job descriptions never make for exciting reading’
    • ‘This makes for comic and moving moments in a deep-thinking, pertinent play that is both heavy and light on the heart.’
    • ‘It makes for harrowing viewing, moving you to anger and tears.’
    • ‘Yet he is aware of the monster that he has become and begins a journey towards redemption that makes for a fascinating movie.’
    • ‘Really good vocals, some class songwriters and superb musicianship make for an enjoyable and moving album.’
    • ‘How the alliance began towards the end of last year and how it evolved makes for a fascinating story.’
    • ‘It was a rousing affair, moving, positively exasperating, and alone would make for a concert not to be missed.’
    • ‘She had moved to Berlin a year before and it made for difficult rehearsals.’
    • ‘It makes for a strangely moving scene, despite or because of the hum of the nearby freeways.’
    • ‘We need less hostility, folks, and obeying the laws of the road can go a long way towards making for a peaceful existence.’
    • ‘The approach doesn't make for a perfect album, but it's a lovely one nonetheless.’
    contribute to, be conducive to, produce, promote, facilitate, further, advance, forward, foster, favour
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  • 3be made forBe eminently suited for (a particular function)

    ‘a man made for action’
    • ‘What I experienced during that year enabled me to discover what I was made for.’
    • ‘Guessing how a hydrogen bomb might be built was what Teller's intellectual talents were made for.’
    • ‘That's what Las Vegas was made for, to get illegal money back into circulation again.’
    • ‘After two years Arnold sacked her, for her own good, forcing her to join the National Film School and set out on the career she was made for.’
    • ‘The second of the two links is the sort of collaborative project that the internet was made for.’
    • ‘This is one of those applications that PDAs were made for, but whether stores will want to install extra hardware for users remains to be seen.’
    • ‘Have you ever felt like there was one person in this world you were made for?’
    • ‘This is much better than the arms folded brigade stood there nodding appreciatively - this is what music was made for.’
    • ‘It is a position that the reigning world and European champion was made for: being right; being the best.’
    • ‘Because they worked at this - at whatever it was, the one thing they were made for.’
    • ‘No, it's no good, I have yet to discover what Bank holidays were made for.’
    1. 3.1 Form an ideal partnership; be ideally suited.
      ‘you two were just made for each other’
      • ‘It just works out well for some people - Giselle and Mark are made for each other.’
      • ‘So Bob and Charlotte are pretty well made for each other.’
      • ‘So, when they started dating, that scared her even more, because they were practically made for each other.’
      • ‘The irony is that Hardy and Anna are made for each other, as are Ben and Kate.’
      • ‘Conventional wisdom has it, of course, that cheese and wine are made for each other, period.’
      • ‘The couple seemed made for each other, drawn together by the game.’
      • ‘Much as I sometimes hate to admit it, my true love and I are made for each other.’
      • ‘In no time at all they concede they are made for each other and have the time of their life.’
      • ‘It's clear from this moment that these two are made for each other.’
      • ‘Autumn and English apples are just made for each other.’