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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MAKES

No one knows what that man suffers; it makes him gloomy all the time about everything.

The birds feel it—and wonder at the tune that makes no noise.

"It makes no difference to you where I got it," said our hero, returning the money to his pocket.

While beer brings gladness, don't forget That water only makes you wet!

But you know the old man has become a miser, and makes money his idol.

But no one knows whither it is bound, and that is what makes life so interesting.

He leaves the prison gates, he makes his way to his old home, but his old home is not there.

It is the crisis which makes the pressure, and not the laws which provide a remedy for it.

It inspires the initiative that makes our productivity the wonder of the world.

I don't think much of his stuff, but they say he makes heaps of money.

WORD ORIGIN

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.