Synonyms of make in English:

make


See definition of make

verb

1‘he makes model steam engines’

SYNONYMS

construct, build, assemble, put together, manufacture, produce, fabricate, create, form, fashion, model, mould, shape, forge, bring into existence

ANTONYMS

destroy

2‘she made me drink it’

SYNONYMS

force, compel, coerce, press, drive, pressure, pressurize, oblige, require

have someone do something, prevail on, dragoon, bludgeon, strong-arm, impel, constrain, urge, will, steamroller, browbeat, intimidate, use strong-arm tactics on, bully, hector, blackmail

informal railroad, bulldoze, put the heat on, put the screws on, tighten the screw on, tighten the screws on, turn the screw on, turn the screws on

3‘don't make such a noise’

SYNONYMS

cause, create, give rise to, produce, bring about, generate, engender, occasion, effect, set up, establish, institute, found, develop, originate, frame

literary beget

4‘she pirouetted and made a little bow’

SYNONYMS

perform, execute, give, do, accomplish, achieve, bring off, carry out, effect, practise, engage in, commit, act, prosecute

5‘they made him chairman’

SYNONYMS

appoint, designate, name, nominate, select, elect, vote in, install, place, post

induct, institute, invest, ordain, assign, cast as

detail, draft, engage, hire, employ, recruit, retain, enrol, enlist, sign up

6‘I've made a will and left you everything’

SYNONYMS

formulate, frame, draw up, devise, make out, prepare, compile, compose, put together

draft, write, pen, produce

7‘I'm sorry, I've made a mistake’

SYNONYMS

perpetrate, commit, be responsible for, be guilty of, be to blame for

blunder, err, trip up, put a foot wrong, nod, miscalculate

informal slip up, bloop, make a boo-boo, blow it, foul up

British informal boob, drop a clanger

North American informal screw up, drop the ball

8‘he had a great talent for making money’

SYNONYMS

acquire, obtain, gain, get, realize, secure, win, earn

gross, fetch, bring in

take home, pocket, net, clear

ANTONYMS

lose

9‘he made lunch for us all’

SYNONYMS

prepare, get ready, put together, concoct, cook, dish up, throw together, whip up, brew

British informal mash

North American informal fix

10‘parliament makes laws’

SYNONYMS

formulate, draw up, write, frame, draft, form, enact, pass, lay down, establish, institute, found, originate

ANTONYMS

repeal

11‘that makes £100’

SYNONYMS

add up to, amount to, come to, total, count as

British tot up to

12‘what do you make the total?’

SYNONYMS

compute, calculate, work out

estimate, count up, determine, gauge, reckon, put a figure on, give a figure to, forecast, predict

13‘what do you make of him?’

SYNONYMS

think about, think of

appraise, evaluate, assess, size up, adjudge, look on, view, regard, consider, judge, deem

value, rate, think, sum up, weigh up

14‘we've got to make a decision’

SYNONYMS

reach, come to, settle on, determine on, conclude, establish, seal

15‘I've been asked to make a speech’

SYNONYMS

utter, give, deliver, give voice to, enunciate, recite, pronounce

16‘he'll make a great leader’

SYNONYMS

be, act as, serve as, function as, constitute, perform the function of, do duty for, play the part of, represent, embody, form

17‘he'll make the first eleven’

SYNONYMS

gain a place in, get into, gain access to, enter

achieve, attain

18‘he believed he could still make the night train’

SYNONYMS

catch, get, arrive in time for, be in time for, arrive at, reach

get to

ANTONYMS

miss


noun

1‘a different make of car’

SYNONYMS

brand, marque, model, mark, sort, type, kind, variety, style, label

2‘a man of a different make from his brother’

SYNONYMS

character, nature, temperament, temper, disposition, cast of mind, turn of mind, humour, make-up, kidney, mould, stamp


Phrases

    make as if/though

      ‘he made as if to run away’

      SYNONYMS

      feign, pretend, give the impression, make a pretence of, make a show of, affect, feint, make out

      informal

      put it on

    make away with

      1‘he could have made away with her and dumped the body’

      SYNONYMS

      kill, murder, put to death, slaughter, dispatch, execute, eliminate

      informal

      bump off, do away with, do in, do for, knock off, take out, finish off, top, croak, stiff, liquidate, blow away

      North American informal

      ice, off, rub out, smoke, waste

      literary

      slay

      2‘they made away with the evidence’

      SYNONYMS

      dispose of, get rid of, destroy, throw away, jettison, ditch, dump, eliminate

      informal

      do away with

    make believe

      SYNONYMS

      pretend, fantasize, indulge in fantasy, daydream, build castles in the air, build castles in Spain, dream, imagine, romance, fancy, play-act, play

    make do

      1‘we have very little but we make do’

      SYNONYMS

      scrape along, scrape by, get along, get by, manage, cope, survive, muddle along, muddle through, fare all right, make the best of a bad job, improvise, make ends meet, keep the wolf from the door, keep one's head above water, shift for oneself

      informal

      make out

      2‘you'll have to make do with an old car’

      SYNONYMS

      make the best of, get by on, get by with, put to the best use, make the most of

    make for

      1‘she made for the door’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      2‘constant arguing doesn't make for a happy marriage’

      SYNONYMS

      contribute to, be conducive to, produce, promote, facilitate, further, advance, forward, foster, favour

      formal

      conduce to

    make fun of

      ‘he was making fun of her’

      See make

      ‘it is easy to make fun of politicians’

      SYNONYMS

      taunt, poke fun at, chaff, tease, make jokes about, ridicule, mock, laugh at, guy, mimic, parody, caricature, lampoon, satirize, rag, quiz, be sarcastic about, deride, scoff at, jeer at, jibe at

      informal

      take the mickey out of, send up, rib, josh, wind up, pull someone's leg, make a monkey of

      North American informal

      goof on, rag on, pull someone's chain, razz

      NZ Australian informal

      poke mullock at, sling off at

      British informal, dated

      rot, twit

      dated

      make sport of

      archaic

      smoke, rally

    make it

      1‘he never really made it as a doctor’

      SYNONYMS

      succeed, be successful, prosper, distinguish oneself, be a success, get ahead, make good

      informal

      make the grade, arrive, crack it, cut it, find a place in the sun

      make

      2‘she's very ill—is she going to make it?’

      SYNONYMS

      survive, come through, pull through, get better, recover, rally, recuperate

      make
    make love

      SYNONYMS

      have sex, have sexual intercourse, sleep together

      British informal

      bonk, do it, make whoopee, get one's oats

      North American informal

      get it on

      vulgar slang

      fuck, screw, shag, hump, do the business, have it away, have it off

      British vulgar slang

      knob, roger

      formal

      copulate, fornicate

      dated

      couple

    make off

      ‘on seeing the police they made off’

      SYNONYMS

      run away, run off, take to one's heels, beat a hasty retreat, flee, make one's getaway, make a quick exit, make a run for it, run for it, take off, take flight, bolt, fly, make oneself scarce, leave, abscond, decamp, do a disappearing act

      informal

      clear off, clear out, beat it, do a runner, leg it, make tracks, cut and run, skedaddle, vamoose, hightail it, hotfoot it, show a clean pair of heels, fly the coop, split, scoot, scram

      British informal

      scarper

      North American informal

      light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder

      British informal, dated

      hook it

      ANTONYMS

      turn up

    make off with

      ‘burglars made off with all the wedding presents’

      SYNONYMS

      take, steal, purloin, pilfer, abscond with, appropriate, run away with, run off with, carry off, snatch

      kidnap, abduct

      informal

      walk away with, walk off with, swipe, filch, snaffle, nab, lift, liberate, snitch

      British informal

      pinch, half-inch, nick, whip, knock off, nobble, bone

      North American informal

      heist, glom

      Australian informal

      snavel

      West Indian informal

      tief

      archaic

      crib, hook

    make out

      1‘how did you make out?’

      SYNONYMS

      get on, get along, fare, do, proceed, go, progress, manage, survive, cope, get by

      2‘they were making out on the sofa’

      SYNONYMS

      make love, have sex, have sexual intercourse

      kiss and cuddle, caress, French kiss, pet, engage in heavy petting

      canoodle, neck, smooch

      British

      snog, bonk, do it, make whoopee, get one's oats

      get it on

      vulgar slang

      fuck, screw, hump, do the business, have it away, have it off

      British vulgar slang

      roger

      dated

      spoon, couple

      formal

      copulate, fornicate

    make something out

      1‘I could just make out a figure in the distance’

      SYNONYMS

      see, discern, distinguish, perceive, pick out, detect, notice, observe, recognize, catch sight of, glimpse, discover

      literary

      descry, espy, behold

      2‘he couldn't make out what she was saying’

      SYNONYMS

      understand, comprehend, follow, grasp, fathom, work out, figure out, make sense of, interpret, decipher, make head or tail of, get, get the drift of, catch

      British informal

      suss out

      3‘she made out that he was violent’

      SYNONYMS

      allege, claim, assert, declare, maintain, affirm, aver, suggest, imply, hint, insinuate, indicate, intimate, impute, make as if, make as though, pretend

      4‘how do you make that out?’

      SYNONYMS

      demonstrate, show to be true, establish, substantiate, prove, verify, validate, authenticate, corroborate

      5‘he made out a receipt for $20’

      SYNONYMS

      write out, fill out, fill in, complete, draw up, draft, inscribe

    make something over to someone

      ‘he made over the whole property to his son’

      SYNONYMS

      transfer, sign over, turn over, hand over, hand on, give, hand down, leave, bequeath, bestow, pass on, devolve, transmit, cede, deliver, assign, consign, convey, entrust

    make up

      ‘come now, pet, let's kiss and make up’

      SYNONYMS

      be friends again, bury the hatchet, declare a truce, make peace, forgive and forget, shake hands, become reconciled, settle one's differences, mend fences, call it quits

      ANTONYMS

      quarrel

    make something up

      1‘women make up 56 per cent of the student body’

      SYNONYMS

      comprise, form, compose, constitute, account for

      2‘he brought another girl with him to make up a foursome’

      SYNONYMS

      complete, round off, finish

      3‘the pharmacist made up the prescription’

      SYNONYMS

      prepare, mix, concoct, put together

      4‘I'll have to make up an excuse’

      SYNONYMS

      invent, fabricate, concoct, dream up, think up, hatch, trump up

      devise, manufacture, formulate, frame, construct, coin

      informal

      cook up

      5‘she made up her face carefully’

      SYNONYMS

      apply cosmetics to, apply make-up to, powder, rouge

      informal

      put on one's face, do one's face, paint one's face, tart oneself up, do oneself up, apply one's warpaint, doll oneself up

    make up for

      1‘she tried to make up for what she'd said earlier’

      SYNONYMS

      atone for, make amends for, compensate for, make recompense for, make reparation for, make redress for, make restitution for, expiate

      formal

      requite

      2‘hard work can more than make up for a lack of intellectual brilliance’

      SYNONYMS

      offset, counterbalance, counterweigh, counteract, compensate for

      balance, neutralize, cancel out, even up, redeem

    make up one's mind

      ‘stop dithering and make up your mind’

      SYNONYMS

      decide, be decisive, come to a decision, make a decision, reach a decision

      determine, resolve, settle on a plan of action, come to a conclusion, reach a conclusion

    make up to

      ‘she spent the whole evening making up to Adam’

      SYNONYMS

      flirt with, chase after, run after, pursue, make romantic advances to, court, woo, vamp

      chat up, make eyes at, make sheep's eyes at, give the come-on to, come on to, be all over

      dated

      set one's cap at

    make way

      ‘please make way for the king’

      SYNONYMS

      move aside, clear the way, make a space, make room, stand back

      allow to pass, allow through

    on the make

      ‘everyone is on the make, especially the children’

      SYNONYMS

      ambitious, aspiring, determined, forceful, pushy, enterprising, pioneering, progressive, eager, motivated, enthusiastic, energetic, zealous, committed, go-ahead, go-getting, purposeful, assertive, aggressive, hungry, power-hungry