- Make a bed
To neatly arrange the sheets, blankets and pillows on a bed
Eg: Mum says I have to make my bed before I go to school.
- Make a decision
To decide what to do
Eg: “Have you made a decision yet?”
- Make a fortune
To make a huge amount of money
Eg: My uncle made a fortune in the software business.
- Make a fuss
To create unnecessary excitement or concern about something
Eg: I like people who achieve a lot without making a big fuss about what they’re doing.
- Make a living
To earn money for the things you need in life
Eg: It’s not easy to make a living when the economy’s so bad.
Common Collocations with MAKE
- Make a mess
To create an untidy or disorganized state or situation
Eg: If rich kids make a mess, their servants tidy things up again.
- Make a mistake
To do something that's wrong or has bad results
Eg: Whenever we make mistakes, our teacher corrects them for us.
- Make a note (of)
To write down something so that you don't forget it
Eg: I'd better make a note of that, or I might forget.
- Make a pass at
Flirt with someone
Eg: My best friend’s brother made a pass at me – he asked if I was single and tried to get my phone number.
- Make a profit
To make money from business or investments
Eg: Big companies employ smart people to ensure they pay very little tax on the huge profits they make.
- Make a reservation
To book or reserve a seat on a train, a table in a restaurant, a room in a hotel, ...
Eg: Shall I make a reservation for 8 o'clock at that Japanese restaurant?
- Make a takeover bid
To try to get control of something
Eg: The company made a takeover bid for one of its rivals.
- Make an appearance
To appear; to appear in a performance
Eg: We waited forthirty minutes for the professor to make an appearance,then we went home.
- Make an effort
To put time and energy into doing something
Eg: You can't learn a language without making an effort.
- Make an excuse
To give a reason for doing something you shouldn't do, or for not doing something you should do
Eg: He got to work late and made some excuse about being stuck in traffic.
- Make an offer
To state a price you're willing to pay for something
Eg: He made a generous offer, but I had to turn it down.
- Make contact
To contact a person or an organisation
Eg: After I get there, I'll make contact with a number of local trading companies.
- Make friends
To form new friendships
Eg: Jenny finds it hard to make friends.
- Make peace
To end hostilities; to reach a peace agreement
Eg: Both countries can rebuild now that they have made peace with each other.