What does ‘make’ mean?

The word ‘make’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to create by combining things or cause something to happen.

For example:

  • I made blanket out of some old socks. (create)
  • The hurricane made the roof break. (cause)

Make is an irregular verb. The past tense is made and the past participle is made.

phrasal verbs with make

Phrasal verbs with ‘make’ include:

  • Make do with (manage with limited or inadequate resources)
  • Make for/towards (head in a certain direction)
  • Make into (change into something else)
  • Make it up to (be nice to)
  • Make off with (steal)
  • Make out (pretend)
  • Make up (invent)
  • Make up for (compensate)
  • Make up to (put right something you did wrong)
phrasal verbs with make

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘make’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with make - make do with
phrasal verbs with make - make for/towards
phrasal verbs with make - make into
phrasal verb: make off with
phrasal verbs with make - make out
phrasal verbs with make - make up for
phrasal verbs with make - make up
phrasal verbs with make - make up to

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with make below.

idioms with verbs – MAKE

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.

Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with make, how about learning the idioms with make too?