Here is a list of phrasal verbs beginning with M. Each phrasal verb is followed by its meaning / definition and example sentences.
Make out = understand, decipher, figure out, see or hear something clearly
- I can’t make out what this book is about. (= I can’t understand what this book is about.)
- Few people have managed to make out Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.
- I can’t make out what object it is. (= I can’t clearly see what object it is.)
- These days just about everybody wants to make out in the show business. (= Just about everybody wants to succeed in the show business.)
Make out can also mean pretend.
- He made out that he was ill. (= He pretended that he was ill.)
To make for is to go towards.
- He made for the door. (= He went towards the door.)
To make something up is to invent it.
- He has made up a clever device to reduce fuel consumption.
- When asked why she was late, she made up a story that she had met with a minor accident.
- Vikram is very imaginative. He always makes things up.
To make up a fire is to put fuel on it.
- It was unbearably cold so we decided to make up a fire.
To make a face up is to put cosmetics on it.
- The beautician took hours to make her face up.
To make up for something is to compensate for it.
- Amar made up for being late by buying me drinks.
To make up one’s mind is to decide.
- Would you like vanilla or strawberry? Well, I can’t make up my mind. I think either will do.
Make it up
To make it up with somebody is to end a quarrel.
- Why not make it up with the old man? (= Why not end your quarrel with the old man?)
To make up to someone is to try to win his favour.
- Vicky wants a promotion so he is always making up to his boss. (= He is always trying to win the favour of his boss.)
Make over (separable)
To make something over is to do it again.
- The professor made me do my project over.