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, goof, goof 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, take 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
Northern English mast
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
figure, figure out, 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 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 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 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 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

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


    SYNONYMS

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

    make love


    SYNONYMS

    have sex, have sexual intercourse, go to bed, go to bed together, 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 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 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
    North American informal

    make love, have sex, have sexual intercourse

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

    informal

    canoodle, neck, smooch

    British informal

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

    North American informal

    get it on

    vulgar slang

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

    British vulgar slang

    roger

    informal, dated

    spoon, couple

    formal

    copulate, fornicate

    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 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, have it away, have it away on one's toes

    North American informal

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

    British informal, dated

    hook it

    ANTONYMS

    turn up

    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 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

    ‘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 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 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

    make up to

    ‘she spent the whole evening making up to Adam’


    SYNONYMS
    informal

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

    informal

    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 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

    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