move towards something; contribute to or cause a result or situation, make something possible
- They suddenly stood up and made for the door.
- It was so hot that all the tourists made for the beach.
- Doubting the other’s reliability doesn’t make for a prosperous partnership.
start moving towards something
- As the policeman entered the bar, some of the customers made towards the back door.
- After a long delay at the station the train made towards the next town at last.
turn into, change somebody/something into somebody/something else
- My brother suggests making our pantry into an extra bedroom.
- Do you think you can make this lawnmower into a go-kart?
understand the meaning or find a reason for something, think and have an opinion of somebody/something
- What could you make of what was said at the meeting?
- This article is too vague, I can’t make anything of it.
- I don’t know what to make of their unfriendly attitude towards us.
make off (with something)
hurry away, especially in order to escape; steal something and hurry away with it
- The robbers made off in a van before the police arrived.
- The burglar made off with grandfather’s gold watch, but he couldn’t find mother’s jewels.
- The chairman made off from the meeting before the reporters could find him.
make out (1)
get along, manage well, be successful, deal with something
- How did you make out while your parents were away?
- Our team didn’t make out very well in the match last Sunday.
make out (2)
distinguish; manage to see or hear somebody/something; understand somebody’s character; claim or think something of somebody
- I could hardly make out his figure in the darkness.
- We could hear voices through the door but we couldn’t make out what they were saying.
- The new manager makes himself out to be more important than he really is.
- They aren’t as happy as their friends make out.
make out (3)
write out or complete a form or document, fill out the details
- The cashier made out a cheque for a hundred pounds for me.
- The doctor sent me to the chemist’s but he forgot to make out a prescription.
- The contract was made out in duplicate.
give, transfer ownership; transform, change something, remodel, give a different appearance or function
- I hope my uncle will make over the property to me before he dies.
- Mother will make over my suit to fit my brother as I never wear it.
make up (1)
put on cosmetics
- I’d like to go to the bathroom to make my face up.
- Nobody recognized her when she made her face up to look like a clown.
make up (2)
put together, constitute, form, construct, complete, create, prepare
- They made up a list of all the things that they needed for the trip.
- I’ll make up a nightgown from that pink material.
- This poem is made up of twelve stanzas.
- The unemployed make up about 20% of the population in our country.
- The chemist refused to make up the prescription free as I didn’t have insurance.
- When I was a child, mother made up a bedtime story for me every night.
- She was late but she made up some excuse about a traffic jam.
- Why don’t you stay for the night? We’ll make up a bed for you on the sofa.
- The bill was 20 pounds, but I could pay only 15, my brother made up the rest.
- Sorry, but we don’t need you to make up a team.
make up (3)
end a disagreement and become friends again
- My wife and I had a quarrel yesterday but we soon made up and everything is fine now.
- After long months without talking to each other they made up at last.
make up for
- I must leave early today but I’ll make up the time tomorrow, I promise.
- We can’t put off this project, we’ll never be able to make up for lost time later.
- I don’t think anything can make up for the loss of a child.
Phrasal verbs are phrases containing a verb and at least one other element, most commonly adverbs: “do well”, or adjectives: “do out”. Here’s a list of popularly used phrasal verbs with the verb “do”.
Do away with
To do away with something means to throw something away, get rid of it or simply stop using it.
- I did away with cigarettes the day my son was born.
- Have you done away with that stupid old printer that didn’t work yet?
Do someone good
When it is of benefit to a person to experience or do something.
- It would do you good to exercise more often.
- Most teachers would agree that it does your brain a lot of good to read every day.
To do in means to kill or to break something or someone.
- Steve did in his back last week carrying that piano.
- The mob boss told his assassin to do in the cop.
Doing over is when you have to do something again. It’s often used when something was not done well or wasn’t good enough the first time.
- The teacher said that I had to do my assignment over because it had so many mistakes.
- I’ll have to do the paint job all over again because of this rain.
Do up #1
To fix or improve something to make it look better.
- John says it’s about time we do our house It’s getting old.
- I like how you’ve done up the kitchen. The new oven looks beautiful.
Do up #2
Do up also means to attach or fasten something.
- Please do your seatbelt up before the plane takes off.
- If we go out tonight I’ll have to put on a dress and do my hair
To do well is similar to do someone good. It means to take an action which benefits someone.
- You would do well to spend this evening studying for your exam.
- It does a person well to get eight hours sleep every night.
The phrasal verb to do out means to tidy and decorate an area to look nice.
- The ballroom was done out with wedding decorations and blue and white ribbons.
- My wife and I plan to do out the bathroom with a seaside theme and fresh white tiles.
Do out of
To steal something from someone. Often using cheating or deception.
- The car salesman did you out of your money. It’s falling apart!
- That crazy. I was on the phone for 30 seconds and the woman did me out of my place in line.
To perform better than someone or something else.
- Did you hear that a computer out did the world’s best Go player?
- You don’t have to be the best, you just have to out do your neighbor.
To do with
Meaning that there is a connection between two or more things.
- My being late this morning had everything to do with the fact that I went out late last night.
- What does my work have to do with your life? It’s totally separate.
To Do without
To carry on with your action or life without something.
- The pancakes will have to do without We don’t have any.
- It would be very difficult to do without electricity these days. We use it for everything!
Do you know other phrasal verbs with make and do? Make them up in the comments below!