UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈmeɪkɪŋ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈmeɪkɪŋ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(māking)

From the verb make: (⇒ conjugate)
making is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. the making of the [movie, show, program]
  2. [good, poor] decision-making
  3. decision-making is [left to, done by]
  4. [iron, steel, car] making
  5. has all the makings of [a great, an epic, a terrific] [movie, sequel, book, show]
  6. she has all the makings of a great [singer, actress, player, teacher]
  7. has (all) the makings of a good [match, race, tournament]
  8. the [movie] has been [ages, an eternity, a long time] in the making
  9. the [design, plan, framework] is still in the making
  10. the [work, movie, construction] has been [two years] in the making
  11. the [place, work, recovery] was her making
  12. a [dilemma, problem, headache] entirely of their own making
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. make [dinner, a cake]
  2. make [money, a living, a fortune]
  3. make a [statement, speech, complaint]
  4. make a [decision, difference, donation, mistake]
  5. make your own [decisions, choices, selection]
  6. make an [informed, intelligent] [decision]
  7. make [a change, alterations]
  8. make a [poor, good, positive] impression
  9. makes all the difference
  10. made [this] for you
  11. make an [effort, attempt] to
  12. make a [connection, friend, acquaintance]
  13. make conversation with
  14. make a [clean, fresh, new] start
  15. make [the grade, selection, the cut]
  16. (I'll) make an exception (for)
  17. make something out of nothing
  18. make sense (out) of
  19. make your own way in life
  20. make a [mess, fuss]
  21. make the cut
  22. make [haste, tracks, your way back]
  23. make [time, space, room, way] for
  24. make the [best, most] out of it
  25. UK: were making merry
  26. makes it all worthwhile
  27. makes a mockery of
  28. make him feel [good, bad, worthy, proud]
  29. made me [laugh, cry, wish]
  30. made them [study, work, go]
  31. I was made to [tidy my room, do my homework]
  32. make it (all) better
  33. make it [available, possible]
  34. and make it [quick, snappy]
  35. makes it [easier, more difficult] (to)
  36. make sure (that)
  37. make up a [lie, story, name]
  38. made it all up
  39. made herself up
  40. make the numbers up
  41. make up for [lost time, your mistakes]
  42. [how can I, try to, I'll] make it up to you
  43. [could, can] (just) make out the [ships, mountain, coastline]
  44. made for the [door, exit]
  45. made out at [school, the movies]
  46. he made a pass at me
  1. a [foreign, national, local] make
  2. a [foreign] make of [car, motorcycle]
  3. what make is your [computer, car, washing machine]?
  4. there are [many, several, different] makes of [computers]
  5. the make [was launched, became established] in the (sixties)
  6. the make, model and year (of the car)
  7. today's make is a [hairband, popup card]
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