Made vs. Make: What's the Difference?
"Made" is the past tense and past participle of "make," indicating that an action has been completed. "Make" is a verb in present tense, referring to the act of creating or producing something.
In English grammar, "Made" is employed to signify an action that has already occurred. "Make," in contrast, talks about an action that is happening now, or will happen in the future. "Made" often requires a time reference, while "Make" does not necessarily need one.
The word "Made" is static, indicating that the creation or production process has reached completion. "Make" is dynamic, indicating ongoing or future activity. For example, "He made a chair" is a final statement, whereas "He will make a chair" suggests a future action.
"Made" is often used in sentences that involve passive voice. "Make" is usually seen in active voice constructions. For instance, "The cake was made by her" is passive, whereas "She will make the cake" is active.
Another distinction comes in the area of phrasal verbs and expressions. "Made" forms several expressions like "made up," "made of," etc. "Make" can also be a part of numerous phrasal verbs like "make out," "make up," "make for," etc.
Often used in passive voice
Usually used in active voice
Indicates completed action
Indicates ongoing or future action
Part of expressions like "made of"
Part of expressions like "make up"
Often requires a time reference
Does not necessarily need a time reference
Made and Make Definitions
Formed or assembled.
The car is made from various materials.
To create or produce.
I will make a cake.
Developed or evolved into.
She made a great leader.
To construct or assemble.
He will make a treehouse.
Decided or settled.
A decision was made.
To decide or choose.
I will make a choice.
Manufactured or created.
This shirt is made of cotton.
To cause to exist or happen; bring about; create
Made problems for us.
Making a commotion.
Produced through a particular process.
The sculpture was made by chiseling marble.
To bring into existence by shaping, modifying, or putting together material; construct
Make a dress.
Made a stone wall.
Past tense and past participle of make.
To form by assembling individuals or constituents
We made a temporary information center using savvy volunteers.
Produced or manufactured by constructing, shaping, or forming. Often used in combination
To change from one form or function to another
Make clay into bricks.
Produced or created artificially
Bought some made goods at the crafts fair.
To cause to be or become
Made her position clear.
A decision that made him happy.
Having been invented; contrived
These made excuses of yours aren't plausible.
To cause to assume a specified function or role
Made her treasurer.
Made Austin his home.
Assured of success
A made man.
To cause to act in a specified manner
Heat makes gases expand.
A grub or maggot.
Made him quit.
Simple past tense and past participle of make
To form in the mind
Make an estimate.
To prepare; fix
Artificially produced; pieced together; formed by filling in; as, made ground; a made mast, in distinction from one consisting of a single spar.
To get ready or set in order for use
Made the bed.
Having the sheets and blankets set in order; - of a bed; as, is the bed made?.
To gather and light the materials for (a fire).
Successful or assured of success; as, a self-made man.
Now I am a made man forever.
To engage in
Produced by a manufacturing process;
Bought some made goods at the local store; rope and nails
To carry out; perform
Make a phone call.
Make an incision.
(of a bed) having the sheets and blankets set in order;
A neatly made bed
To achieve, produce, or attain
Made peace between the two sides.
Not making sense.
Didn't make the quota.
Successful or assured of success;
Now I am a made man forever
To institute or establish; enact
To draw up and execute in a suitable form
Make a will.
To arrange or agree to
Make a date.
To arrive at; reach
Made Seattle in two hours.
To reach in time
Just made the plane.
To attain the rank or position of
To acquire a place in or on
Made the baseball team.
Made the newspapers.
To gain or earn, as by working
To behave so as to acquire
To score or achieve, as in a sport
Made a field goal.
To assure the success of
Favorable reviews can make a play.
To favor the development of
Practice makes a winning team.
To be suited for
Oak makes strong furniture.
To develop into
Will make a fine doctor.
To draw a conclusion as to the significance or nature of
Don't know what to make of the decision.
To calculate as being; estimate
I make the height 20 feet.
To consider as being
Wasn't the problem some people made it.
They make a great team.
To add up to
Two and two make four.
To amount to
Makes no difference.
To cover (a distance)
Made 200 miles before sunset.
To constitute the essence or nature of
Clothes make the man.
To cause to be especially enjoyable or rewarding
Your being along really made the outing.
To appear to begin (an action)
She made to leave.
(Slang) To persuade to have sexual intercourse.
To act or behave in a specified manner
To begin or appear to begin an action
Made as if to shake my hand.
To cause something to be as specified
To proceed in a certain direction
Made for home.
Made after the thief.
(Slang) To pretend to be; imitate. Used with like
Made like a ballerina.
To undergo fabrication or manufacture
This wool makes up into a warm shawl.
To rise or accumulate
The tide is making.
The style or manner in which a thing is made
Disliked the make of my coat.
A specific line of manufactured goods, identified by the manufacturer's name or the registered trademark
A famous make of shirt.
The origin of a product's manufacturing
A bicycle of a French make.
The physical or moral nature of a person
Found out what make of man he was.
The physical nature or build of an animal or person
A horse of a beautiful make.
(Slang) Identification of a person or thing, often from information in police records
Did you get a make on the thief?.
(transitive) To create.
To build, construct, produce, or originate.
We made a bird feeder for our yard.
I'll make a man out of him yet.
He makes deodorants.
To write or compose.
I made a poem for her wedding.
He made a will.
To bring about; to effect or produce by means of some action.
They were just a bunch of ne'er-do-wells who went around making trouble for honest men.
(religious) To create (the universe), especially (in Christianity) from nothing.
God made earth and heaven.
(transitive) To prepare (food); to cook (food).
I'm making cereal for breakfast. Who wants some?
To behave, to act.
To make like a deer caught in the headlights.
They made nice together, as if their fight never happened.
He made as if to punch him, but they both laughed and shook hands.
(intransitive) To tend; to contribute; to have effect; with for or against.
They make a cute couple.
This makes the third infraction.
One swallow does not a summer make.
(transitive) To add up to, have a sum of.
Two and four make six.
I don’t know what to make of it.
They couldn't make anything of the inscription.
What time do you make it?
To bring into success.
This company is what made you.
She married into wealth and so has it made.
To cause to be.
The citizens made their objections clear.
This might make you a bit woozy.
Did I make myself heard?
Scotch will make you a man.
To cause to appear to be; to represent as.
Homer makes Aphrodite the daughter of Zeus, unlike Hesiod who depicted her as born from the sea foam.
To cause (to do something); to compel (to do something).
You're making her cry.
I was made to feel like a criminal.
To force to do.
The teacher made the student study.
Don’t let them make you suffer.
To indicate or suggest to be.
His past mistakes don’t make him a bad person.
To cover neatly with bedclothes.
To recognise, identify, spot.
To arrive at a destination, usually at or by a certain time.
We should make Cincinnati by 7 tonight.
To proceed (in a direction).
They made westward over the snowy mountains.
Make for the hills! It's a wildfire!
They made away from the fire toward the river.
(transitive) To cover (a given distance) by travelling.
(transitive) To move at (a speed).
The ship could make 20 knots an hour in calm seas.
This baby can make 220 miles an hour.
To appoint; to name.
To induct into the Mafia or a similar organization (as a made man).
To defecate or urinate.
(transitive) To earn, to gain (money, points, membership or status).
They hope to make a bigger profit.
He didn't make the choir after his voice changed.
She made ten points in that game.
(transitive) To pay, to cover (an expense); chiefly used after expressions of inability.
To compose verses; to write poetry; to versify.
To enact; to establish.
To develop into; to prove to be.
She'll make a fine president.
To form or formulate in the mind.
Made a questionable decision
To perform a feat.
Make a leap
Make a pass
Make a u-turn
(intransitive) To gain sufficient audience to warrant its existence.
In the end, my class didn't make, which left me with a bit of free time.
(obsolete) 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.
(obsolete) To increase; to augment; to accrue.
(obsolete) To be engaged or concerned in.
To cause to be (in a specified place), used after a subjective what.
To take the virginity of.
(transitive) To have sexual intercourse with.
(intransitive) Of water, to flow toward land; to rise.
Brand or kind; model.
What make of car do you drive?
Manner or style of construction (style of how a thing is made); form.
Origin (of a manufactured article); manufacture; production.
The camera was of German make.
A person's character or disposition.
(dated) The act or process of making something, especially in industrial manufacturing.
(uncountable) Quantity produced, especially of materials.
(computing) A software utility for automatically building large applications, or an implementation of this utility.
(slang) Identification or recognition (of identity), especially from police records or evidence.
Past, present, or future target of seduction (usually female).
A home-made project
(cards) Turn to declare the trump for a hand (in bridge), or to shuffle the cards.
(basketball) A made basket.
(physics) The closing of an electrical circuit.
Mate; a spouse or companion; a match.
An agricultural tool resembling a scythe, used to cut (harvest) certain plants such as peas, reeds, or tares.
A companion; a mate; often, a husband or a wife.
For in this world no woman isWorthy to be my make.
Structure, texture, constitution of parts; construction; shape; form.
It our perfection of so frail a makeAs every plot can undermine and shake?
To cause to exist; to bring into being; to form; to produce; to frame; to fashion; to create.
He . . . fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf.
To produce, as something artificial, unnatural, or false; - often with up; as, to make up a story.
And Art, with her contending, doth aspireTo excel the natural with made delights.
To cause to be or become; to put into a given state verb, or adjective; to constitute; as, to make known; to make public; to make fast.
Who made thee a prince and a judge over us?
See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh.
To bring about; to bring forward; to be the cause or agent of; to effect, do, perform, or execute; - often used with a noun to form a phrase equivalent to the simple verb that corresponds to such noun; as, to make complaint, for to complain; to make record of, for to record; to make abode, for to abide, etc.
Call for Samson, that he may make us sport.
Wealth maketh many friends.
I will neither plead my age nor sickness in excuse of the faults which I have made.
To cause to appear to be; to constitute subjectively; to esteem, suppose, or represent.
He is not that goose and ass that Valla would make him.
To execute with the requisite formalities; as, to make a bill, note, will, deed, etc.
He accuseth Neptune unjustly who makes shipwreck a second time.
To require; to constrain; to compel; to force; to cause; to occasion; - followed by a noun or pronoun and infinitive.
I will make them hear my words.
They should be made to rise at their early hour.
To find, as the result of calculation or computation; to ascertain by enumeration; to find the number or amount of, by reckoning, weighing, measurement, and the like; as, he made the distance of; to travel over; as, the ship makes ten knots an hour; he made the distance in one day.
Who makes or ruins with a smile or frown.
To become; to be, or to be capable of being, changed or fashioned into; to do the part or office of; to furnish the material for; as, he will make a good musician; sweet cider makes sour vinegar; wool makes warm clothing.
And old cloak makes a new jerkin.
To compose, as parts, ingredients, or materials; to constitute; to form; to amount to; as, a pound of ham makes a hearty meal.
The heaven, the air, the earth, and boundless sea,Make but one temple for the Deity.
To be engaged or concerned in.
Gomez, what makest thou here, with a whole brotherhood of city bailiffs?
To reach; to attain; to arrive at or in sight of.
They that sail in the middle can make no land of either side.
If a child were crooked or deformed in body or mind, they made him away.
Make the doors upon a woman's wit, and it will out at the casement.
He was all made up of love and charms!
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.
A scurvy, jack-a-nape priest to meddle or make.
To proceed; to tend; to move; to go; as, he made toward home; the tiger made at the sportsmen.
To tend; to contribute; to have effect; - with for or against; as, it makes for his advantage.
Follow after the things which make for peace.
Considerations infiniteDo make against it.
To increase; to augment; to accrue.
To compose verses; to write poetry; to versify.
To solace him some time, as I do when I make.
Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled.
My lord of London maketh as though he were greatly displeased with me.
A recognizable kind;
There's a new brand of hero in the movies now
What make of car is that?
The act of mixing cards haphazardly
Make love, not war
Make an effort
Give certain properties to something;
Get someone mad
She made us look silly
He made a fool of himself at the meeting
Don't make this into a big deal
This invention will make you a millionaire
Make yourself clear
Make or cause to be or to become;
Make a mess in one's office
Create a furor
Cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner;
The ads induced me to buy a VCR
My children finally got me to buy a computer
My wife made me buy a new sofa
Give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally;
Cause a commotion
Make a stir
Cause an accident
Create or manufacture a man-made product;
We produce more cars than we can sell
The company has been making toys for two centuries
Make, formulate, or derive in the mind;
I draw a line here
Draw a conclusion
Make an estimate
What do you make of his remarks?
Compel or make somebody or something to act in a certain way;
People cannot be made to integrate just by passing a law!
Heat makes you sweat
Create by artistic means;
Create a poem
Schoenberg created twelve-tone music
Picasso created Cubism
Auden made verses
Earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages;
How much do you make a month in your new job?
She earns a lot in her new job
This merger brought in lots of money
He clears $5,000 each month
Create or design, often in a certain way;
Do my room in blue
I did this piece in wood to express my love for the forest
To compose or represent:
This wall forms the background of the stage setting
The branches made a roof
This makes a fine introduction
Reach a goal, e.g.,
Make the first team
We made it!
She may not make the grade
Be or be capable of being changed or made into;
He makes a great host
He will make a fine father
Make by shaping or bringing together constituents;
Make a dress
Make a cake
Make a wall of stones
Perform or carry out;
Make a decision
Make a move
Make a phone call
Make by combining materials and parts;
This little pig made his house out of straw
Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer
Change from one form into another;
Make water into wine
Make lead into gold
Make clay into bricks
Act in a certain way so as to acquire;
Charge with a function; charge to be;
She was named Head of the Committee
She was made president of the club
Achieve a point or goal;
Nicklaus had a 70
The Brazilian team got 4 goals
She made 29 points that day
Reach a destination, either real or abstract;
We hit Detroit by noon
The water reached the doorstep
We barely made it to the finish line
I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts
Institute, enact, or establish;
Carry out or commit;
Make a mistake
Commit a faux-pas
Add up to;
Four and four make eight
Form by assembling individuals or constituents;
Make a quorum
The branches made a roof
Organize or be responsible for;
Hold a reception
Have, throw, or make a party
Give a course
Prepare for eating by applying heat;
Cook me dinner, please
Can you make me an omelette?
Fix breakfast for the guests, please
Put in order or neaten;
Make the bed
Make up a room
Head into a specified direction;
The escaped convict took to the hills
We made for the mountains
Have a bowel movement;
The dog had made in the flower beds
Undergo fabrication or creation;
This wool makes into a nice sweater
Be suitable for;
Wood makes good furniture
This salary increase makes no difference to my standard of living
Constitute the essence of;
Clothes make the man
Appear to begin an activity;
He made to speak but said nothing i the end
She made a if to say hello to us
Proceed along a path;
Work one's way through the crowd
Make one's way into the forest
Reach in time;
We barely made the plane
Gather and light the materials for;
Make a fire
Induce to have sex;
Harry finally seduced Sally
Did you score last night?
Harry made Sally
Assure the success of;
A good review by this critic will make your play!
Represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like;
She makes like an actress
Consider as being;
It wasn't the problem some people made it
Calculate as being;
I make the height about 100 feet
Cause to be enjoyable or pleasurable;
Make my day
Favor the development of;
Practice makes the winner
He will make a splendid father!
Behave in a certain way;
Again, the cat had made on the expensive rug
To cause to exist or occur.
They will make an exception.
To prepare or arrange.
She will make the bed.
Is Made often used in passive constructions?
Yes, Made is commonly used in passive voice.
Can Made be used in present tense?
No, Made is strictly past tense or a past participle.
Can Make be used in past tense?
No, the past tense of Make is Made.
Is Make used in passive voice?
Make is typically used in active voice, though it can be used in passive voice as well.
What is Made?
Made is the past tense and past participle of the verb Make.
Does Made always need a time reference?
Most often, Made requires some time reference to indicate when the action occurred.
Does Make require a time reference?
Make does not necessarily require a time reference.
What type of sentences often use Made?
Made is commonly used in sentences that describe completed actions.
Can Made be used to describe future actions?
No, Made is not used to describe future actions.
What is Make?
Make is a verb that refers to the act of creating, producing, or forming something.
Can Made and Make be part of phrasal verbs?
Yes, both Made and Make are used in various phrasal verbs.
What type of sentences often use Make?
Make is often used in sentences describing ongoing or future actions.
What is a synonym for Make?
Create, produce, and construct are synonyms for Make.
Can Make be used to describe completed actions?
No, for completed actions, the word Made is used.
What is a synonym for Made?
Created, produced, and crafted are synonyms for Made.
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