(noun, verb)


1. the act that results in something coming to be

- the making of measurements

- it was already in the making

Similar word(s): devising, fashioning

Definition categories: act, production

2. an attribute that must be met or complied with and that fits a person for something

- she has the makings of fine musician

Similar word(s): qualification

Definition categories: attribute, fitness, fittingness

3. (usually plural) the components needed for making or doing something

- the recipe listed all the makings for a chocolate cake

Definition categories: man–made, component, constituent, element

Sentences with making as a noun:

- As a child he didn’t seem like a genius in the making.


1. present participle of make

- Soon (30 years?) we'll be making complete DNA and life in reverse, growing food that only reversed creatures cn eat. - Earliest Usenet use via Google Groups - fa.human-nets, 10 May 1981 09:16-EDT, Robert Elton Maas