Make vs Makes - What's the difference? (2023)

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As verbs the difference between make and makes

is that make is To create.makes is third-person singular of make.

As nouns the difference between make and makes

is that make is brand or kind; often paired with model. {{jump|brand|s|t} while makes is plural of lang=en.

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Etymology 1

From (etyl) . Related to match .


  • To create.
  • #To construct or produce.
  • #:
  • #*
  • #*:Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language, he expressed the important words by an initial, a medial, or a final consonant, and made scratches for all the words between; his clerks, however, understood him very well.
  • #*
  • #*:I made a speaking trumpet of my hands and commenced to whoop “Ahoy!” and “Hello!” at the top of my lungs. […] The Colonel woke up, and, after asking what in brimstone was the matter, opened his mouth and roared “Hi!” and “Hello!” like the bull of Bashan.
  • #*
  • #*:Yet in “Through a Latte, Darkly”, a new study of how Starbucks has largely avoided paying tax in Britain, Edward Kleinbard. In Starbucks’s case, the firm has in effect turned the process of making an expensive cup of coffee into intellectual property.
  • #To write or compose.
  • #:
  • #To bring about.
  • #:
  • #:
  • To behave, to act.
  • :
  • :
  • :
  • (lb) To tend; to contribute; to have effect; with for'' or ''against .
  • *(Matthew Arnold) (1822-1888)
  • *:It makes for his advantage.
  • *(Bible), (w) xiv.19:
  • *:Follow after the things which make for peace.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Considerations infinite / Do make against it.
  • To constitute.
  • :
  • *2014 , A teacher, " Choosing a primary school: a teacher's guide for parents", The Guardian , 23 September:
  • *:So if your prospective school is proudly displaying that "We Are Outstanding" banner on its perimeter fence, well, that is wonderful … but do bear in mind that in all likelihood it has been awarded for results in those two subjects, rather than for its delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum which brings out the best in every child. Which is, of course, what makes a great primary school.
  • *1995 , Harriette Simpson Arnow: Critical Essays on Her Work , p.46:
  • *:Style alone does not make a writer.
  • *
  • *:We made an odd party before the arrival of the Ten, particularly when the Celebrity dropped in for lunch or dinner. He could not be induced to remain permanently at Mohair because Miss Trevor was at Asquith, but he appropriated a Hempstead?cart from the Mohair stables and made the trip sometimes twice in a day.
  • To interpret.
  • :
  • To bring into success.
  • :
  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:who makes or ruins with a smile or frown
  • To cause to be.
  • :
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The attack of the MOOCs, passage=Since the launch early last year of[…] two Silicon Valley start-ups offering free education through MOOCs, massive open online courses, the ivory towers of academia have been shaken to their foundations. University brands built in some cases over centuries have been forced to contemplate the possibility that information technology will rapidly make their existing business model obsolete.}}

  • To cause to appear to be; to represent as.
  • * (c.1568-1645)
  • *:He is not that goose and ass that Valla would make him.
  • *
  • *:So this was my future home, I thought! Certainly it made a brave picture. I had seen similar ones fired-in on many a Heidelberg stein. Backed by towering hills,a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  • To cause (to do something); to compel (to do something).
  • :
  • *
  • *:In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.Strangers might enter the room, but they were made to feel that they were there on sufferance: they were received with distance and suspicion.
  • To force to do.
  • :
  • To indicate or suggest to be.
  • :
  • To cover neatly with bedclothes.
  • To recognise, identify.
  • *1939 , (Raymond Chandler), (The Big Sleep) , Penguin 2011, p.33:
  • *:I caught sight of him two or three times and then made him turning north into Laurel Canyon Drive.
  • *2004 , George Nolfi et al., (w, Ocean's Twelve) , Warner Bros. Pictures, 0:50:30:
  • *:Linus Caldwell: Well, she just made Danny and Yen, which means in the next 48 hours the three o' your pictures are gonna be in every police station in Europe.
  • *2007 May 4, Andrew Dettmann et al., "Under Pressure", episode 3-22 of , 00:01:16:
  • *:David Sinclair: (walking) Almost at Seventh; I should have a visual any second now. Damn, that was close.
    Don Eppes: David, he make you?
    David Sinclair: No, I don't think so.
  • To arrive at a destination, usually at or by a certain time.
  • :
  • *Sir (Thomas Browne) (1605-1682)
  • *:They that sail in the middle can make no land of either side.
  • To proceed (in a direction).
  • :
  • (lb) To cover (a given distance) by travelling.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2, passage=I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town. I was completely mystified at such an unusual proceeding.}}

  • *1918 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), , Chapter VIII:
  • *:I made over twenty miles that day, for I was now hardened to fatigue and accustomed to long hikes, having spent considerable time hunting and exploring in the immediate vicinity of camp.
  • (lb) To move at (a speed).
  • :
  • To appoint; to name.
  • *1991 , Bernard Guenée, Between Church and State: The Lives of Four French Prelates (ISBN 0226310329):
  • *:On November 15, 1396,Benedict XIII made him bishop of Noyon;
  • To induct into the Mafia or a similar organization (as a made man).
  • *1990 , Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese, (Goodfellas) :
  • *:Jimmy Conway: They're gonna make him.
  • *:Henry Hill: Paulie's gonna make you?
  • To defecate or urinate.
  • *
  • *
  • (lb) To earn, to gain (money, points, membership or status).
  • :
  • *{{quote-news, year=2011, date=September 2, work=BBC
  • , title= Wales 2-1 Montenegro, passage=Wales' defence had an unfamiliar look with Cardiff youngster Darcy Blake preferred to 44-cap Danny Gabbidon of Queen's Park Rangers, who did not even make the bench.}}

  • *{{quote-news, year=2012, date=May 20, author=Nathan Rabin, work=The Onion AV Club
  • , title= TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Marge Gets A Job” (season 4, episode 7; originally aired 11/05/1992), passage=Bart spies an opportunity to make a quick buck so he channels his inner carny and posits his sinking house as a natural wonder of the world and its inhabitants as freaks, barking to dazzled spectators, “Behold the horrors of the Slanty Shanty! See the twisted creatures that dwell within! Meet Cue-Ball, the man with no hair!”}}

  • (lb) To pay, to cover (an expense);
  • *1889 May 1, Chief Justice , Pensacola & A. R. Co. v. State'' of Florida (judicial opinion), reproduced in ''The Southern Reporter , Volume 5, West Publishing Company, p.843:
  • *:Whether,would present a case in which the exaction of prohibitory or otherwise onerous rates may be prevented, though it result in an impossibility for some or all of the roads to make expenses, we need not say; no such case is before us.
  • *2005 , Yuvi Shmul and Ron Peltier, Make It Big with Yuvi: How to Buy Or Start a Small Business, the Best Investment , AuthorHouse, ISBN 1-4259-0021-6, p.67:
  • *:At first glance, you may be able to make' rent and other overhead expenses because the business is doing well, but if sales drop can you still ' make rent?
  • *2011 , Donald Todrin, Successfully Navigating the Downturn , Entrepreneur Press, ISBN 1-59918-419-2, p.194:
  • *:So you can’t make' payroll. This happens.many business owners who have never confronted it before will be forced to deal with this most difficult matter of not ' making payroll.
  • To compose verses; to write poetry; to versify.
  • :(Chaucer)
  • :(Tennyson)
  • *ca.1360-1387 , (William Langland), (Piers Plowman)
  • *:to solace him some time, as I do when I make
  • To enact; to establish.
  • *1791 , The (First Amendment to the United States Constitution):
  • *:Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
  • To develop into; to prove to be.
  • :
  • To form or formulate in the mind.
  • :
  • (lb) To act in a certain manner; to have to do; to manage; to interfere; to be active; often in the phrase to meddle or make .
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:a scurvy, jack-a-nape priest to meddle or make
  • (lb) To increase; to augment; to accrue.
  • (lb) To be engaged or concerned in.
  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:Gomez, what makest thou here, with a whole brotherhood of city bailiffs?
  • Derived terms

    * formake* make a deal* make a face* make a fuss* make a move* make a muscle* make a pass* make a promise* make a wish* make an honest woman out of* make an offer* make away* make away with* make book* make conscience* make do* make good on (a promise)* make for* make friends* make hay* make hay while the sun shines* make into* make it* make light of* make like* make love* make merry* make money* make music* make off with* make-or-break* make out* make over* make right* make room* make someone's blood boil* make someone's blood run cold* make something of* make the most of* make time* make to* make up* make water* make whole* make with* mismake* unmake

    See also



    (en noun)

  • (often of a car) Brand or kind; often paired with model.
  • What make of car do you drive?
  • How a thing is made; construction. (jump)
  • * {{quote-book, 1907, , A Horse's Tale citation
  • , passage=I can name the tribe every moccasin belongs to by the make of it.}}

  • Origin of a manufactured article; manufacture. (jump)
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title=, chapter=2 citation, passage=The cane was undoubtedly of foreign make , for it had a solid silver ferrule at one end, which was not English hall–marked.}}

    The camera was of German make .
  • (uncountable) Quantity produced, especially of materials. (jump)
  • * {{quote-news, 1902, September 16, , German Iron and Steel Production, The New York Times, page=8 citation
  • , passage=In 1880 the make of pig iron in all countries was 18,300,000 tons.}}

  • (dated) The act or process of making something, especially in industrial manufacturing. (jump)
  • * {{quote-book, 1908, Charles Thomas Jacobi, Printing: A Practical Treatise on the Art of Typography as Applied More Particularly to the Printing of Books, page=331 citation
  • , passage=

  • A person's character or disposition. (jump)
  • * {{quote-book, 1914, Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton, Perch of the Devil, page=274 citation
  • , passage=I never feel very much excited about any old thing; it's not my make ; but I've got a sort of shiver inside of me, and a watery feeling in the heart region.}}

  • (bridge) The declaration of the trump for a hand.
  • * {{quote-book, 1925, Robert William Chambers, The Talkers, page=195 citation
  • , passage=It's your make as the cards lie. Take your time.}}

  • (physics) The closing of an electrical circuit. (jump)
  • * {{quote-book, 1947, Charles Seymour Siskind, Electricity, page=94 citation
  • , passage=If the interrupter operated every 2 sec., the current would rise to 10 amp. and drop to zero with successive "makes " and "breaks."}}

  • (computing) A software utility for automatically building large applications, or an implementation of this utility.
  • * {{quote-book, 2003, D. Curtis Jamison, Perl Programming for Biologists, page=115, isbn=0471430595 citation
  • , passage=However, the unzip and make programs weren't found, so the default was left blank.}}

  • (slang) Recognition or identification, especially from police records or evidence. (jump)
  • * {{quote-book, 2003, John Lutz, The Night Spider, page=53, isbn=0786015160 citation
  • , passage="They ever get a make on the blood type?" Horn asked, staring at the stained mattress.}}

  • Past or future target of seduction (usually female). (jump)
  • * {{quote-book, 2007, Prudence Mors Rains, Becoming an Unwed Mother, page=26 citation
  • , passage=To me, if I weren't going with someone and was taking pills, it would be like advertising that I'm an easy make .}}

  • * {{quote-book, 1962, Ralph Moreno, A Man's Estate citation
  • , passage=She's your make , not mine.

  • (slang, military) A promotion.
  • * {{quote-book, 2004, Joseph Stilwell, Seven Stars: The Okinawa Battle Diaries of Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. and Joseph Stilwell, page=94 citation
  • , passage=Sent back the list of makes with only Post and Hamilton on it. (Buckner had recommended 10 staff officers and 1 combat soldier!)}}

  • A home-made project
  • * '>citation
  • Synonyms

    * brand; type; manufacturer* (jump) construction; manufacture* (jump) origin; manufacture* (jump) production; output* (jump) making; manufacture; manufacturing; production* (jump) makeup, disposition, character; type, way* (jump) closing; completion; actuation* (jump) ID, identification* (jump) lay

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) . See also match .


    (en noun)

  • (dialectal) Mate; a spouse or companion.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , I.vii:
  • Th'Elfe therewith astownd, / Vpstarted lightly from his looser make , / And his vnready weapons gan in hand to take.
  • * {{quote-book, 1624, , The Masque of Owls at Kenilworth
  • , passage=Where their maids and their makes / At dancing and wakes, / Had their napkins and posies / And the wipers for their noses}}

    Etymology 3

    Origin uncertain.


    (en noun)

  • * {{quote-book, 1826, , Woodstock; Or, the Cavalier
  • , passage=the last we shall have, I take it; for a make to a million, but we trine to the nubbing cheat to-morrow.}}

  • * 1934 , (Lewis Grassic Gibbon), Grey Granite , Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 606:
  • Only as he climbed the steps did he mind that he hadn't even a meck upon him, and turned to jump off as the tram with a showd swung grinding down to the Harbour […].






  • (make)
  • Green traffic lights look white to me, which makes them hard to distinguish from streetlights from far away. - First Usenet use via Google Groups, 9 May 1981 00:31:59-PDT, CSVAX.halbert at Berkeley



  • I would vote against a Problems/comments regarding all makes are of interest, to me anyway. -, Aug 19 1983, 9:49 am, Joe Pfeiffer






    What's the difference between make and makes? ›

    Make is the plural form and makes is the singular form.

    What is correct you make or you makes? ›

    Make is used with I,you,we, they and other plural subject. Makes is used with he,she,it and other third person singular noun/pronouns.

    What makes or make me happy? ›

    Even just making yourself smile will put you in a better place. It is thought that the fact that laughter releases these hormones in order to promote social bonding, so try getting together with friends for a good dose of laughter, as well as increased social connection. These are things that make you happy.

    Where do we use makes? ›

    Use “make” for when you create or produce something. Use “do” for actions you must do, like jobs or work, and for general activities, especially activities you repeat often.

    What do you mean by makes? ›

    made ˈmād ; making; makes. transitive verb. : to bring into being by forming, shaping, or altering material : fashion. make a dress.

    Is makes a past tense? ›

    Made is the past tense of the word make.

    Whats makes a sentence? ›

    Within a sentence, there are three main parts that make up a sentence: the subject, the verb, and the complement.

    Who always make or makes? ›

    With "you," use the base form of the verb for the present tense: - You always MAKE (not "makes") me smile.

    What does makes use mean? ›

    If you make use of something, you do something with it in order to do a job or achieve a particular result or effect. [written]

    How do you use make and makes? ›

    Makes is used after a singular subject. E.g. She makes mistakes. Make is used after a plural subject. They make her realize the mistakes she made.

    What makes you sad or upset? ›

    You may feel sad for many reasons

    moving home. losing a loved one or a friend. being ill, or caring for someone who is ill. experiencing chemical changes in your body (from puberty, drugs or medicines)

    What makes me happy is my family? ›

    But the features common to happy families are security, trust, and tolerance; gratitude and pride in one another; and the enjoyment that comes from being playful with one another.

    What type of word is makes? ›

    Makes can be a verb or a noun.

    Is makes a present tense? ›

    Made is not present tense, it is in the past tense. The present tense of 'made' is either 'make' or 'makes' 0and can be used in the following way: I/you/we/they make a salad for dinner. He/she/it makes a salad for dinner.

    What is make grammar? ›

    We use make + object to talk about things that we produce or create: She made some coffee. Did you really make this table? There are many expressions which use this pattern: make a claim.

    What does makes do mean? ›

    to manage to live without things that you would like to have or with things of a worse quality than you would like: We didn't have cupboards so we made do with boxes. SMART Vocabulary: related words and phrases.

    What is the synonym of makes? ›

    verbcreate, build. verbinduce, compel. verbdesignate, appoint. verbenact, execute. verbadd up to; constitute.

    What makes it meaning? ›

    To make it is to accomplish something, or to become successful.

    How do you use verbs after make? ›

    In English, the verbs “make” and “let” are followed by an object and the infinitive without “to”. For example: They can't make you work late. She made him do the exercise again.

    What is the 3 verb of make? ›

    The V3 form is “made”. made is used in the past or present perfect tense. + In the present perfect tense, we use the word make as 'have + made' or 'has + made'.

    What is the plural verb of make? ›

    The plural form of make is makes. Find more words!

    Where is make sentence? ›

    [M] [T] Where did you find that strange thing? [M] [T] She asked him if he knew where I lived. [M] [T] She told him where to put the suitcase. [M] [T] This is the house where she used to live.

    How many make a sentence? ›

    How many words should we have in a sentence? A common plain English guideline says an average of 15–20 words (Cutts, 2009; Plain English Campaign, 2015; Plain Language Association InterNational, 2015).

    Can you make 5 sentences? ›

    [M] [T] Let's do this first of all. [M] [T] My father must do the work. [M] [T] She didn't know what to do. [M] [T] She persuaded him to do it.

    Is makes for proper English? ›

    "make for" is not a particularly formal idiom but could be used without causing comment in a formal setting. "Contributes to" or "produces" might work better in writing. A completely different sentence structure might be better still. "What are the qualities of a good job?"

    Which is correct two and two make or makes four? ›

    Two and two make four is correct.

    Did anyone made or make? ›

    Make and Made are two verbs that refer to the same thing. That is to say that both 'make' and 'made' originate from the same verb form 'to make'. The main difference between make and made is that 'Make' is the present tense of the verb while 'Made' is the past tense of the verb.

    What is make example? ›

    idiom. : to punish (a person who has done something wrong) as a way of warning other people not to do the same thing. Although it was only his first offense, the judge decided to make an example of him and sentence him to prison.

    Is the saying make do or make due? ›

    The idiom meaning to manage to get along with the means available is make do, not make due. Make do is short for make [something] do well enough, where do carries the rare sense to serve a specified purpose.

    What part of speech is to make? ›

    make (verb) make (noun) make–believe (noun) make–believe (adjective)

    Is it make sense or makes sense? ›

    The correct form is “that makes sense.” “That” (the subject word) is 3rd person, singular, and, in the 3rd person, singular, you use the third person singular “s” inflection, which is why you say “makes” and not “make.”

    What is a spelling of make? ›

    make verb (PRODUCE) A1 [ T ]

    What makes you angry quickly? ›

    But there are things that make lots of us feel angry, including: being treated unfairly and feeling powerless to do anything about it. feeling threatened or attacked. other people not respecting your authority, feelings or property.

    What emotion is crying? ›

    Crying often connects people, whether it's out of grief, love, passion, or another strong emotion. Crying may cause others to be empathetic and compassionate toward you, softening anger or unpleasant emotion that caused the tears to flow in the first place.

    What makes you scared? ›

    Common fear triggers:

    Darkness or loss of visibility of surroundings. Heights and flying. Social interaction and/or rejection. Snakes, rodents, spiders and other animals.

    What is the past tense of makes? ›

    Made is the past tense of the word make.

    What type of verb is makes? ›

    verb (used without object), made, mak·ing.

    What part of speech is makes? ›

    make (verb) make (noun) make–believe (noun)

    Do make or do makes? ›

    Use DO for actions, obligations, and repetitive tasks. Use MAKE for creating or producing something, and for actions you choose to do. DO generally refers to the action itself, and MAKE usually refers to the result. For example, if you “make breakfast,” the result is an omelet!

    What does no makes mean? ›

    Used especially among Mexican Spanish speakers, the exclamation corresponds to “No way!”, “You're kidding me!”, or “Stop messing with me!”. For instance, a statement of “I won the lottery” might be followed by “no mames.”

    What does makes way mean? ›

    Allow room for passage, move aside, as in Please make way for the wheelchair. This expression was first recorded about 1200. 2. Also, make way for. Leave room for a successor or substitute, as in It's time he retired and made way for some younger professor. [

    Why should I use make? ›

    There are two main reasons to use make. make allows a shorthand for complicated commands or a large sequence of commands. compiled by typing make foo. Another advantage of make is that it only recompiles code that needs to be recompiled.

    What are the three forms of make? ›

    The past tense of make is made. The third-person singular simple present indicative form of make is makes. The present participle of make is making. The past participle of make is made.

    What is the future tense of makes? ›

    I will/shall make. You/We/They will/shall make. He/She/It will/shall be making.


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