Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Do this up to the limit of your capital and I will make good anything you lose.

I wonder if you wouldn't like to have me show you how to make good things for him?

"And it's better to make good what you say," broke in Linda, with equal heat.

You needn't get into the dumps because you've failed to make good as a journalist.

Until I came here I never realised it was in me to make good at anything.

The only way to get back to her was to make good with her father.

You've got the chance of your life right now to make good in your work and be happy.

A tea-spoonful of brandy in a cup of water will also make good eye-water, or a little simple rose water may supply the place.

No, this is an empty house all right, but I'll make good and sure for your sake, Emily.

It was not for me to be crying like a child for that which neither I nor any man could make good.


Old English macian "to make, form, construct, do; prepare, arrange, cause; behave, fare, transform," from West Germanic *makon "to fashion, fit" (cf. Old Saxon makon, Old Frisian makia "to build, make," Middle Dutch and Dutch maken, Old High German mahhon "to construct, make," German machen "to make"), from PIE *mag- "to knead, mix; to fashion, fit" (see macerate). If so, sense evolution perhaps is via prehistoric houses built of mud. Gradually replaced the main Old English word, gewyrcan (see work (v.)).

Meaning "to arrive at" (a place), first attested 1620s, originally was nautical. Formerly used in many places where specific verbs now are used, e.g. to make Latin (c.1500) "to write Latin compositions." This broader usage survives in some phrases, e.g. to make water "to urinate," to make a book "arrange a series of bets" (1828), make hay "to turn over mown grass to expose it to sun." Make the grade is 1912, perhaps from the notion of railway engines going up an incline.

But the phrase also was in use in a schoolwork context at the time. Make do "manage with what is available" is attested from 1867. Make time "go fast" is 1849; make tracks in this sense is from 1834. To make a federal case out of (something) popularized in 1959 movie "Anatomy of a Murder;" to make an offer (one) can't refuse is from Mario Puzo's 1969 novel "The Godfather." To make (one's) day is from 1909; menacing make my day is from 1971, popularized by Clint Eastwood in film "Sudden Impact" (1983). Related: Made; making.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.