Phrasal Verbs with MAKE
Below we have a list of Phrasal verbs that begin with MAKE and then an explanation of each one with some examples.
- Make (something) out
- make (something) out to be
- Make for (something)
- Make (sb/st) into (sb/st)
- Make (somebody) out
- Make up
- Make out
- Make of
- Make off
- Make off with
- Make up for
This is not a complete list. We will add more Phrasal Verbs with MAKE when we can.
Make (something) out
1. = to just be able to hear, read or see something
- He spoke so quietly we could hardly make out what he was saying.
- If you can make out the billboard from such a distance you really have excellent vision.
2. = to fill out the details of a document (usually a check)
- You can make out the cheque to Woodward Ltd.
Make (something) out to be
1. = to claim; to assert
- He makes himself out to be an important artist but his paintings are utter garbage.
- I think the critics make that movie out to be more profound than it really is.
Make for (Something)
1. = to move towards something or a place
- Make for the hills, a tsunami is approaching!
- He made for his apartment a couple of hours ago.
2. = to contribute to, lead to or cause a result or situation.
- Shakespeare's writing makes for a difficult read.
- His gift of $1,000 will certainly make for a happy birthday.
- Both candidates are popular so it should make for an interesting election.
1. = to try to understand and find a reason for something
- I don't know what to make of her suddenly unfriendly attitude towards me.
- Can you make anything of these ruins?
2. = to think and have an opinion about something
- What do you make of the new policy the president signed?
1. = Manage; fare; deal with. Usually used informally in a question after "How...?"
- How did you make out yesterday on the biology test?
- How is she making out with the recent death of her mother?
2. = slang for to kiss and grope, though not to have sex.
- We were making out in the gym and got caught by the teacher
Make (somebody) out
1. = To understand a person's character
- Since she is normally quiet and reserved it is hard to make her out.
Make (something) over to (somebody)
1. = Transfer ownership
- The government of Mugabe made all the lands of the whites over to black African farmers.
1. = the composition of something
- The committee was made up of all the regional managers.
2. = combination of qualities that form a part of someone's character
- Flexibility and integrity are key elements of her make up.
- He is made up of old fashioned values.
3. = to apply make up, rouge, powder, eyeliner, etc. Also to make somebody up
- The actors must make themselves up before going on stage.
- The stylist made up her eyes that they looked huge for the party.
4. = to invent a story, usually to deceive or entertain
- My four year old niece is always making up stories, last week she told me that she and her friends flew to the moon.
- He always makes up wonderful fairytales about distant lands for the children before they go to sleep.
5. = To form or constitute something
- It's an interesting neighbourhood because it's made up of an eclectic mix of people from all over the world.
- The class is made up of three sections of conversation and two sections of written exercises.
6. = a required number or an amount to complete something
- We need two more people to make up a football team.
7. = To prepare a bed (or something) for use
- The room is tidy, I just have to make up the bed for you.
8. = To put something together from many different things
- Let's make up an Easter basket for your nephew.
9. = To become friendly with someone again, usually after an argument or fight.
- After three years without talking to each other, they finally made up.
1. = To hurry away, especially in order to escape
- The thieves had to make off in their car when the police arrived.
- The pop star made off from the concert before the fans could find him.
Make off with
1. = To steal something and (quickly) take it away.
- The looters made off with all the laptops that were in the computer store.
Make (somebody/something) into (somebody/something)
1. = to convert one thing into another thing
- His parents made his bedroom into a billiards room once he moved out.
- His father said that joining the army would make him into a real man, but he was wrong.
Make up for
1. = the compensate for something; to replace something lost
- I know I ruined your favourite dress but I hope this new one I bought you makes up for it.
- What she lacked in experience, she made up for in the way she learns quickly.
- She spend two weeks with her family to make up for her year long absence.
- Hopefully insurance will make up for the damages from the fire.
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