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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theymake of
he/she/itmakes of
present participlemaking of
past tensemade of
past participlemade of
  1. 1
    [transitive] make something of someone/something to use chances and opportunities in order to be successful

    This job is whatever you make of it.

    I want to make something of my new life here.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to understand someone or the meaning of something in a particular way

    I don’t know what to make of our new teacher.

    What do you make of this news?

  3. 3
    make the best of something to try to get a good result despite a bad situation

    It rained all day, but we made the best of it.

  4. 4
    make an evening/a day etc of it informal to continue doing something for a whole evening, day etc

    Let’s make an evening of it and eat out.

  5. 5
    make a go of something to try your best to make something successful

    They’re going to try to make a go of their marriage again.

  6. 6
    make the most of something to use a good situation to get the best possible result

    It’s a beautiful day today. Let’s make the most of it.

  7. 7
    make much of something to give a lot of importance to something

    The press made much of the fact that he was the Prime Minister’s son.

  8. 8
    make something of it spoken to be prepared to fight or argue about something

    Do you want to make something of it?

  9. 9
    make a success of something to make something be successful

    She is determined to make a success of the business.

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