make good (something)

make good

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.
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make good (something)

1. To repay or repair something; to amend or correct something. The airlines made good our lost luggage by offering us $3,000 spending money upon our arrival. The judge was satisfied that the accused had made good the property damage to his neighbors.
2. To follow through on doing what was promised or intended. The president made good his promise to raise corporate tax rates and lower income taxes for middle class citizens.
3. To successfully accomplish something. The robber made good his escape through a secret back door in the building that was unknown to police.
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make good (at something)

to succeed at something. Bob worked hard to make good at selling. Jane was determined to make good.
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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]
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make good

be successful.
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make ˈgood

(informal) become rich and successful, especially when you have started your life poor and unknown: He’s a local boy made good.
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make good something


1 pay for, replace or repair something that has been damaged or lost: The suitcase went missing at the airport so the airline have agreed to make good the loss.The mechanic explained that they would have to make good the damage to the body of the car before they resprayed it.
2 do what you promised, threatened, intended, etc. to do: When she became President she made good her promise to ensure equal pay for both men and women.
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make 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.
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