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To succeed or complete or fulfill something. Often followed by "on." Your mom and dad have sacrificed a lot to send you to college, so you better make good when you're there. You better make good on all the things you said you would deliver, or the client is not going to be happy.
make good (at something)
to succeed at something. Bob worked hard to make good at selling. Jane was determined to make good.
1. Carry out successfully, make sure of, as in He made good his escape. This usage was first recorded in 1606.
2. Fulfill, as in She made good her promise. This usage was first recorded in Miles Coverdale's 1535 translation of the Bible (II Chronicles 6:16): "Make good unto my father, David ... that which thou hast promised him."
3. Compensate for, make up for, as in They made good the loss. This usage first appeared in William Langland's Piers Ploughman (1377).
4. Succeed, as in He made good as a writer. [c. 1900]
make goodbe successful.
make ˈgood(informal) become rich and successful, especially when you have started your life poor and unknown: He’s a local boy made good.
1. To carry out successfully: made good his escape.
2. To fulfill: made good her promise.
3. To make compensation for; make up for: made good the loss.
4. To succeed: made good as a writer.