make it

make it
verb
1. continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.) (Freq. 7)
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He survived the cancer against all odds

Ant: ↑succumb (for: ↑survive)
Derivationally related forms: ↑survivor (for: ↑survive), ↑survival (for: ↑survive)
Hypernyms: ↑get the better of, ↑overcome, ↑defeat
Entailment: ↑recuperate, ↑recover, ↑convalesce
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s something

(for: ↑survive)
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The business is going to make it

2. succeed in a big way; get to the top (Freq. 3)
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After he published his book, he had arrived

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I don't know whether I can make it in science!

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You will go far, my boy!

Syn: ↑arrive, ↑get in, ↑go far
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s PP

3. go successfully through a test or a selection process
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She passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now

Syn: ↑pass
Ant: ↑fail (for: ↑pass)
Derivationally related forms: ↑passer (for: ↑pass), ↑passing (for: ↑pass)
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s something

(for: ↑pass)

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make it
1 : to reach a particular place, goal, etc.

The ship made it to port.

You'll never make it that far.

The climbers finally made it to the top of the mountain.

Welcome to the party. I'm glad you could make it! = Welcome! I'm glad you could make it to the party!

The story made it to the front page. [=the story appeared on the front page]

She's finally made it onto the team. [=she finally was accepted on the team]

If we hurry, we can still make it home before dark.

2 : to not fail, die, etc. :survive

Many new businesses don't make it through their first year.

He's very sick. The doctor doesn't think he's going to make it.

3 : to become successful

It's tough to succeed in this business, but if you work hard I know you'll make it eventually.

He made it big [=became very successful] in real estate.

4 chiefly US, informal : to have sex

His girlfriend caught him making it with another girl.

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Main Entry:make

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ˈmake it idiom
1. to be successful in your career

He never really made it as an actor.

2. to succeed in reaching a place in time, especially when this is difficult

The flight leaves in twenty minutes— we'll never make it.

3. to be able to be present at a place

I'm sorry I won't be able to make it

(= for example, to a party)

on Saturday.

4. to survive after a serious illness or accident; to deal successfully with a difficult experience

The doctors think he's going to make it.

I don't know how I

made it through

the week.

Main entry:makeidiom

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