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.’
    • ‘He ordered us to go and we moved into a jog, making for our destination.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Inside, he waved Susan towards his rocking chair and made for the kitchen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She pushed past him, making for the entrance in the rock through which her guide had disappeared.’
    • ‘The invasion force making for Midway was ineffectually attacked on 3 June, and Midway was heavily bombed on the following day.’
    • ‘Parliament decided to use its army to cut off Rupert's lines of support and so moved off the moor and made for Tadcaster.’
    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 grunted in anger and made for them again, and Mike pushed him back once more.’
      • ‘He began to heave the books at her, and when he ran out of books she made for him again.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The approach doesn't make for a perfect album, but it's a lovely one nonetheless.’
    • ‘We need less hostility, folks, and obeying the laws of the road can go a long way towards making for a peaceful existence.’
    • ‘It makes for harrowing viewing, moving you to anger and tears.’
    • ‘It makes for a strangely moving scene, despite or because of the hum of the nearby freeways.’
    • ‘It was a rousing affair, moving, positively exasperating, and alone would make for a concert not to be missed.’
    • ‘How the alliance began towards the end of last year and how it evolved makes for a fascinating story.’
    • ‘This makes for comic and moving moments in a deep-thinking, pertinent play that is both heavy and light on the heart.’
    • ‘She had moved to Berlin a year before and it made for difficult rehearsals.’
    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’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘What I experienced during that year enabled me to discover what I was made for.’
    • ‘That's what Las Vegas was made for, to get illegal money back into circulation again.’
    • ‘Because they worked at this - at whatever it was, the one thing they were made for.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is much better than the arms folded brigade stood there nodding appreciatively - this is what music was made for.’
    • ‘Guessing how a hydrogen bomb might be built was what Teller's intellectual talents were made for.’
    • ‘No, it's no good, I have yet to discover what Bank holidays were made for.’
    • ‘It is a position that the reigning world and European champion was made for: being right; being the best.’
    1. 3.1 Form an ideal partnership; be ideally suited.
      ‘you two were just made for each other’
      • ‘Autumn and English apples are just made for each other.’
      • ‘It's clear from this moment that these two are made for each other.’
      • ‘Much as I sometimes hate to admit it, my true love and I are made for each other.’
      • ‘So Bob and Charlotte are pretty well made for each other.’
      • ‘In no time at all they concede they are made for each other and have the time of their life.’
      • ‘Conventional wisdom has it, of course, that cheese and wine are made for each other, period.’
      • ‘The irony is that Hardy and Anna are made for each other, as are Ben and Kate.’
      • ‘The couple seemed made for each other, drawn together by the game.’
      • ‘So, when they started dating, that scared her even more, because they were practically made for each other.’
      • ‘It just works out well for some people - Giselle and Mark are made for each other.’