The verb TO MAKE has several different uses. The literal meaning is to create something. Here are some expressions, or collocations that use make, organized by category.
Make = To Cook or Prepare
- make breakfast, lunch or dinner
- make a sandwich, pasta, or other meal
If you don’t feel like cooking, you can make a reservation at a restaurant!
Make = Schedule Events
- make an appointment
- make plans with someone
- make arrangements
Make = Mental Activity
- make a decision
- I need to make a decision on which college I will be attending in the fall.
- make a choice
- It’s difficult to make a choice when there are so many options!
- make a mistake, an error
- I think I made several mistakes on the exam, but I’m sure I will still pass.
- make a calculation
- It’s important to make several calculations to see if you can afford to buy a new home.
If you can’t decide, we use the expression,
I can’t make up my mind on what to order for lunch! (can’t decide)
Make = Business Talk
- make money
- Our company made a lot of money last year.
- How much money do you make at your job?
- make time for
- These days, it’s difficult to make time for your family.
- make progress
- I’ve made a lot of progress at the gym. I can run faster than before!
- make a request
- The passenger made a request for a quite seat near the window.
- make a phone call
- Could you please be quiet? I need to make a phone call to my boss.
- make a deal
- Let’s make a deal: I’ll cook dinner if you wash the dishes, OK?
- make a promise
- If you make a promise, you should always try to keep it.
Because make is used in so many different situations, it’s a good idea to memorize these expressions and make and effort to practice using them!
Remember, the past form and participle form of make is made.