Definition of making in English:



  • 1The process of making or producing something.

    ‘the making of videos’
    [in combination] ‘glassmaking’
    • ‘Should children not be involved in the actual making of those films?’
    • ‘For example, we developed every major innovation in the iron and steel making process.’
    • ‘Mr Goldberg accepts in those circumstances that Mr Brannigan orally authorised the making of the application.’
    • ‘They research for biographical, theoretical and historical points of decision makings and portray an unusual life between philosophy and revolt.’
    • ‘The essence of these reforms is to further promote and facilitate the making of agreements at the workplace level.’
    • ‘Moreover, actual decision making was more complex than simply one drug and its attendant cluster of factors.’
    • ‘The applicant contends that he did not authorise the making of those consent orders.’
    • ‘But Parker and Stone confirm the actual making of the film has been laborious and exhausting.’
    manufacture, manufacturing, mass production, building, Construction, assembly, production, producing, creation, creating, putting together, modelling, fabrication, invention, forming, formation, moulding, forging, composition
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  • 2informal Money made; earnings or profit.

  • 3Essential qualities or ingredients needed for something.

    ‘a film with all the makings of a cinematic success’
    • ‘It had all the makings of a tragedy and shows the dangers of candles and the importance of smoke alarms.’
    • ‘‘Eddie's got the makings of a driver who can win motor races, but he's got to focus more,’ said Stewart.’
    • ‘If cut for lumber, this single tree would yield 600, 120 board feet, the makings of 40 five-room houses.’
    • ‘The prohibition on capital controls has the makings of a US foreign policy debacle.’
    • ‘And this spring has the makings of a property bonanza with the lowest mortgage rates in 35 years available amid cut-throat competition.’
    • ‘The production is called ‘Red Riding Hood’ and I believe it's got all the makings of a hilarious night of entertainment.’
    • ‘Our offer was accepted this morning and there is no chain in either direction, so fingers crossed, it has the makings of a smooth operation.’
    • ‘Northampton have got the stadium, they've got the fans, and now, thanks to Bruce Reihana, they may have the makings of a serious Heineken Cup challenge.’
    • ‘Toss in anxiety about consumerism, the environment, commercialism, sex and violence and you've got the makings of a great play.’
    • ‘We should have the makings of a very workable plan so we can have an orderly evacuation of Port-of-Spain.’
    • ‘Significantly, a small district in Andhra Pradesh offers a few lessons on the makings of a people-friendly system of administration.’
    • ‘Essentially, we now have the makings of a scrap over Britain's life companies that was predicted by this paper at the turn of the year.’
    • ‘Amit Roy reports on the makings of a fine literary kerfuffle.’
    • ‘I ran a vague idea past him feeling a bit unsure and between us, bouncing ideas of each other, I now have the makings of a really good plot I think…’
    • ‘We have the makings there but the staff really need more support.’
    • ‘Sounds like the makings of a nice political thriller.’
    • ‘A nice day weather-wise is always the makings of the event.’
    • ‘A dual-winner last season, Josh has the makings of a high-class horse and, although unproven over this seven furlongs I think he will cope with the longer trip.’
    • ‘Put all these volatile elements together and we certainly have the makings of a heady, and potentially somewhat unstable, mixture for investment opportunities.’
    • ‘The Penguins had all the makings of a Cup contender: a lethal offense, good goaltending, and good coaching.’
    qualities, characteristics, ingredients, potential, promise, capacity, capability
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    1. 3.1NZ, North American, Australian informal Paper and tobacco for rolling a cigarette.
      • ‘Deputy French took a small white bag of tobacco from his shirt pocket, shaking the makings into a waiting cigarette paper, he began to roll it round.’