Phrasal Verbs #10 – Make


  • She had made herself up heavily to try to make herself into somebody else.
  • I’ll make do with seeing you on Saturday but it doesn’t make up for you cancelling our date tonight.
  • I couldn’t make out the registration of the car that made off with the robbers.
  • My parents made over their garage to make it into a gym.
  • I was going to make up with her until I saw her making out with my boyfriend.

Can you make out the meanings of the phrasal verbs from the context of the sentence?

Below is a list of some common phrasal verbs with MAKE. There are many more. Read through the ones below and add those that you don’t know to your vocabulary lists. Then click on the links to do the quizzes. You may come across even more phrasal verbs with MAKE. Did you know that you can check phrasal verbs in a good English/English dictionary to find meaning, example sentences and the grammar of how to use them?

make do with something accept something less satisfactory because there’s no alternative There’s no coffee, so we’ll have to make do with tea.
make for something move towards something or a place Make for the hills, a tsunami is approaching.
make for something contribute to, lead to or cause a result or situation. Both candidates are popular so it should make for an interesting election.
make something into something  convert one thing into another thing His parents made his bedroom into a billiards room once he moved out.
make of something  try to understand and find a reason for something I don’t know what to make of her suddenly unfriendly attitude towards me.
make of something think and have an opinion about something What do you make of the new policy the president signed?
make off with steal something and (quickly) take it away. •The looters made off with all the laptops that were in the computer store.
make off hurry away, especially in order to escape The thieves had to make off in their car when the police arrived.
make something out just be able to hear, read or see something He spoke so quietly we could hardly make out what he was saying.
make something out fill out the details of a document (usually a cheque) You can make out the cheque to Woodward Ltd.
make something out to be claim; to assert He makes himself out to be an important artist but his paintings are utter garbage.
make out manage; deal with. Usually used informally in a question after “How…?” How did you make out yesterday on the biology test?
make out slang for kiss and grope, though not to have sex. We were making out in the gym and got caught by the teacher
make somebody out understand a person’s character •Since she is normally quiet and reserved it is hard to make her out.
make something over change appearance to make better I wish I could afford to make over the kitchen.
make (something) over to (somebody) transfer ownership The government of Mugabe made all the lands of the whites over to black African farmers.
be made up of something be composed of different parts/people/qualities The committee was made up of all the regional managers.
make someone up apply  cosmetics to The actors must make themselves up before going on stage.
make something up 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.
make something up provide a required number or an amount to complete something We need two more people to make up a football team.
make something up prepare a bed (or something) for use The room is tidy; I just have to make up the bed for you.
make up become friendly with someone again, usually after an argument or fight After three years without talking to each other, they finally made up.
make up for something compensate for something I know I ruined your favourite dress but I hope this new one I bought you makes up for it.

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