DICT.TW Dictionary Taiwan

Search for: [Show options]

[Pronunciation] [Help] [Database Info] [Server Info]

2 definitions found

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 make, v. t. [imp. & p. p. made p. pr. & vb. n. making.]
 1. To cause to exist; to bring into being; to form; to produce; to frame; to fashion; to create. Hence, in various specific uses or applications: (a) To form of materials; to cause to exist in a certain form; to construct; to fabricate.
    He . . . fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf.   --Ex. xxxii. 4.
 (b) To produce, as something artificial, unnatural, or false; -- often with up; as, to make up a story.
 And Art, with her contending, doth aspire
 To excel the natural with made delights.   --Spenser.
 (c) To bring about; to bring forward; to be the cause or agent of; to effect, do, perform, or execute; -- often used with a noun to form a phrase equivalent to the simple verb that corresponds to such noun; as, to make complaint, for to complain; to make record of, for to record; to make abode, for to abide, etc.
    Call for Samson, that he may make us sport.   --Judg. xvi. 25.
    Wealth maketh many friends.   --Prov. xix. 4.
    I will neither plead my age nor sickness in excuse of the faults which I have made.   --Dryden.
 (d) To execute with the requisite formalities; as, to make a bill, note, will, deed, etc. (e) To gain, as the result of one's efforts; to get, as profit; to make acquisition of; to have accrue or happen to one; as, to make a large profit; to make an error; to make a loss; to make money.
    He accuseth Neptune unjustly who makes shipwreck a second time.   --Bacon.
 (f) To find, as the result of calculation or computation; to ascertain by enumeration; to find the number or amount of, by reckoning, weighing, measurement, and the like; as, he made the distance of; to travel over; as, the ship makes ten knots an hour; he made the distance in one day. (h) To put in a desired or desirable condition; to cause to thrive.
    Who makes or ruins with a smile or frown.   --Dryden.
 2. To cause to be or become; to put into a given state verb, or adjective; to constitute; as, to make known; to make public; to make fast.
    Who made thee a prince and a judge over us?   --Ex. ii. 14.
    See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh.   --Ex. vii. 1.
 Note:When used reflexively with an adjective, the reflexive pronoun is often omitted; as, to make merry; to make bold; to make free, etc.
 3. To cause to appear to be; to constitute subjectively; to esteem, suppose, or represent.
    He is not that goose and ass that Valla would make him.   --Baker.
 4. To require; to constrain; to compel; to force; to cause; to occasion; -- followed by a noun or pronoun and infinitive.
 Note:In the active voice the to of the infinitive is usually omitted.
    I will make them hear my words.   --Deut. iv. 10.
    They should be made to rise at their early hour.   --Locke.
 5. To become; to be, or to be capable of being, changed or fashioned into; to do the part or office of; to furnish the material for; as, he will make a good musician; sweet cider makes sour vinegar; wool makes warm clothing.
    And old cloak makes a new jerkin.   --Shak.
 6. To compose, as parts, ingredients, or materials; to constitute; to form; to amount to; as, a pound of ham makes a hearty meal.
 The heaven, the air, the earth, and boundless sea,
 Make but one temple for the Deity.   --Waller.
 7. To be engaged or concerned in. [Obs.]
    Gomez, what makest thou here, with a whole brotherhood of city bailiffs?   --Dryden.
 8. To reach; to attain; to arrive at or in sight of. “And make the Libyan shores.”
    They that sail in the middle can make no land of either side.   --Sir T. Browne.
 To make a bed, to prepare a bed for being slept on, or to put it in order.
 To make a card Card Playing, to take a trick with it.
 To make account. See under Account, n.
 To make account of, to esteem; to regard.
 To make away. (a) To put out of the way; to kill; to destroy. [Obs.]
    If a child were crooked or deformed in body or mind, they made him away.   --Burton.
 (b) To alienate; to transfer; to make over. [Obs.] --Waller.
 To make believe, to pretend; to feign; to simulate.
 To make bold, to take the liberty; to venture.
 To make the cards Card Playing, to shuffle the pack.
 To make choice of, to take by way of preference; to choose.
 To make danger, to make experiment. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.
 To make default Law, to fail to appear or answer.
 To make the doors, to shut the door. [Obs.]
    Make the doors upon a woman's wit, and it will out at the casement.   --Shak.
 - To make free with. See under Free, a.
 To make good. See under Good.
 To make head, to make headway.
 To make light of. See under Light, a.
 To make little of. (a) To belittle. (b) To accomplish easily.
 To make love to. See under Love, n.
 To make meat, to cure meat in the open air. [Colloq. Western U. S.]
 To make merry, to feast; to be joyful or jovial.
 To make much of, to treat with much consideration,, attention, or fondness; to value highly.
 To make no bones. See under Bone, n.
 To make no difference, to have no weight or influence; to be a matter of indifference.
 To make no doubt, to have no doubt.
 To make no matter, to have no weight or importance; to make no difference.
 To make oath Law, to swear, as to the truth of something, in a prescribed form of law.
 To make of. (a) To understand or think concerning; as, not to know what to make of the news. (b) To pay attention to; to cherish; to esteem; to account. Makes she no more of me than of a slave.” --Dryden.
 To make one's law Old Law, to adduce proof to clear one's self of a charge.
 To make out. (a) To find out; to discover; to decipher; as, to make out the meaning of a letter. (b) to gain sight of; to recognize; to discern; to descry; as, as they approached the city, he could make out the tower of the Chrysler Building.  (c) To prove; to establish; as, the plaintiff was unable to make out his case. (d) To make complete or exact; as, he was not able to make out the money. (d) to write out; to write down; -- used especially of a bank check or bill; as, he made out a check for the cost of the dinner; the workman made out a bill and handed it to him.
 To make over, to transfer the title of; to convey; to alienate; as, he made over his estate in trust or in fee.
 To make sail. Naut. (a) To increase the quantity of sail already extended. (b) To set sail.
 To make shift, to manage by expedients; as, they made shift to do without it. [Colloq.].
 To make sternway, to move with the stern foremost; to go or drift backward.
 To make strange, to act in an unfriendly manner or as if surprised; to treat as strange; as, to make strange of a request or suggestion.
 To make suit to, to endeavor to gain the favor of; to court.
 To make sure. See under Sure.
 To make up. (a) To collect into a sum or mass; as, to make up the amount of rent; to make up a bundle or package. (b) To reconcile; to compose; as, to make up a difference or quarrel. (c) To supply what is wanting in; to complete; as, a dollar is wanted to make up the stipulated sum. (d) To compose, as from ingredients or parts; to shape, prepare, or fabricate; as, to make up a mass into pills; to make up a story.
    He was all made up of love and charms!   --Addison.
 (e) To compensate; to make good; as, to make up a loss. (f) To adjust, or to arrange for settlement; as, to make up accounts. (g) To dress and paint for a part, as an actor; as, he was well made up.
 To make up a face, to distort the face as an expression of pain or derision.
 To make up one's mind, to reach a mental determination; to resolve.
 To make way, or  To make one's way. (a) To make progress; to advance. (b) To open a passage; to clear the way.
 To make words, to multiply words.
 

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Free a. [Compar. Freer superl. Freest ]
 1. Exempt from subjection to the will of others; not under restraint, control, or compulsion; able to follow one's own impulses, desires, or inclinations; determining one's own course of action; not dependent; at liberty.
    That which has the power, or not the power, to operate, is that alone which is or is not free.   --Locke.
 2. Not under an arbitrary or despotic government; subject only to fixed laws regularly and fairly administered, and defended by them from encroachments upon natural or acquired rights; enjoying political liberty.
 3. Liberated, by arriving at a certain age, from the control of parents, guardian, or master.
 4. Not confined or imprisoned; released from arrest; liberated; at liberty to go.
    Set an unhappy prisoner free.   --Prior.
 5. Not subjected to the laws of physical necessity; capable of voluntary activity; endowed with moral liberty; -- said of the will.
 Not free, what proof could they have given sincere
 Of true allegiance, constant faith, or love.   --Milton.
 6. Clear of offense or crime; guiltless; innocent.
    My hands are guilty, but my heart is free.   --Dryden.
 7. Unconstrained by timidity or distrust; unreserved; ingenuous; frank; familiar; communicative.
    He was free only with a few.   --Milward.
 8. Unrestrained; immoderate; lavish; licentious; -- used in a bad sense.
    The critics have been very free in their censures.   --Felton.
    A man may live a free life as to wine or women.   --Shelley.
 9. Not close or parsimonious; liberal; open-handed; lavish; as, free with his money.
 10. Exempt; clear; released; liberated; not encumbered or troubled with; as, free from pain; free from a burden; -- followed by from, or, rarely, by of.
    Princes declaring themselves free from the obligations of their treaties.   --Bp. Burnet.
 11. Characteristic of one acting without restraint; charming; easy.
 12. Ready; eager; acting without spurring or whipping; spirited; as, a free horse.
 13. Invested with a particular freedom or franchise; enjoying certain immunities or privileges; admitted to special rights; -- followed by of.
 He therefore makes all birds, of every sect,
 Free of his farm.   --Dryden.
 14. Thrown open, or made accessible, to all; to be enjoyed without limitations; unrestricted; not obstructed, engrossed, or appropriated; open; -- said of a thing to be possessed or enjoyed; as, a free school.
 Why, sir, I pray, are not the streets as free
 For me as for you?   --Shak.
 15. Not gained by importunity or purchase; gratuitous; spontaneous; as, free admission; a free gift.
 16. Not arbitrary or despotic; assuring liberty; defending individual rights against encroachment by any person or class; instituted by a free people; -- said of a government, institutions, etc.
 17. O. Eng. Law Certain or honorable; the opposite of base; as, free service; free socage.
 18. Law Privileged or individual; the opposite of common; as, a free fishery; a free warren.
 19. Not united or combined with anything else; separated; dissevered; unattached; at liberty to escape; as, free carbonic acid gas; free cells.
 Free agency, the capacity or power of choosing or acting freely, or without necessity or constraint upon the will.
 Free bench Eng. Law, a widow's right in the copyhold lands of her husband, corresponding to dower in freeholds.
 Free board Naut., a vessel's side between water line and gunwale.
 Free bond Chem., an unsaturated or unemployed unit, or bond, of affinity or valence, of an atom or radical.
 Free-borough men O.Eng. Law. See Friborg.
 Free chapel Eccles., a chapel not subject to the jurisdiction of the ordinary, having been founded by the king or by a subject specially authorized. [Eng.] --Bouvier.
 Free charge Elec., a charge of electricity in the free or statical condition; free electricity.
 Free church. (a) A church whose sittings are for all and without charge. (b) An ecclesiastical body that left the Church of Scotland, in 1843, to be free from control by the government in spiritual matters.
 Free city, or Free town, a city or town independent in its government and franchises, as formerly those of the Hanseatic league.
 Free cost, freedom from charges or expenses. --South.
 Free and easy, unconventional; unrestrained; regardless of formalities. [Colloq.] “Sal and her free and easy ways.” --W. Black.
 Free goods, goods admitted into a country free of duty.
 Free labor, the labor of freemen, as distinguished from that of slaves.
 Free port. Com. (a) A port where goods may be received and shipped free of custom duty. (b) A port where goods of all kinds are received from ships of all nations at equal rates of duty.
 Free public house, in England, a tavern not belonging to a brewer, so that the landlord is free to brew his own beer or purchase where he chooses. --Simmonds.
 Free school. (a) A school to which pupils are admitted without discrimination and on an equal footing. (b) A school supported by general taxation, by endowmants, etc., where pupils pay nothing for tuition; a public school.
 Free services O.Eng. Law, such feudal services as were not unbecoming the character of a soldier or a freemen to perform; as, to serve under his lord in war, to pay a sum of money, etc. --Burrill.
 Free ships, ships of neutral nations, which in time of war are free from capture even though carrying enemy's goods.
 Free socage O.Eng. Law, a feudal tenure held by certain services which, though honorable, were not military. --Abbott.
 Free States, those of the United States before the Civil War, in which slavery had ceased to exist, or had never existed.
 Free stuff Carp., timber free from knots; clear stuff.
 Free thought, that which is thought independently of the authority of others.
 Free trade, commerce unrestricted by duties or tariff regulations.
 Free trader, one who believes in free trade.
 To make free with, to take liberties with; to help one's self to. [Colloq.]
 To sail free Naut., to sail with the yards not braced in as sharp as when sailing closehauled, or close to the wind.