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From Middle High German, from Old High German mahhōn, from Proto-Germanic *makōną; akin to Low German maken, Dutch maken, English make, West Frisian meitsje. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *mag- ‎(to knead, mix, make).


  • IPA(key): /ˈmaxən/, [ˈmaχ(ə)n], [ˈmäxən̩], ['mäxɛn], ['mɑχən]
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  • Rhymes: -aχn


machen ‎(third-person singular simple present macht, past tense machte, past participle gemacht, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to make; to produce; to create an object, arrangement, situation etc.
    Ich hab dir einen Kuchen gemacht! — I have made you a pie!
    Du hast einen Fehler gemacht. - You made a mistake.
  2. (transitive) to take (a photo)
  3. (transitive) to prepare (e.g. food, drinks)
    Machst du heute das Essen?Will you prepare dinner today?
    sich eine Pizza machen — to heat up or make a pizza for oneself
  4. (transitive, informal) to do (to perform an action)
    Mach es!Do it!
    Das hat er ganz allein gemacht! — He has done that all by himself!
  5. (transitive, colloquial) to matter (only impersonally)
    Das macht nichts! — That doesn't matter!
  6. (transitive, informal, colloquial) to come to; to total; to cost (prizes)
    Wie viel macht das? — How much does that come to?
  7. (transitive, informal, colloquial) to earn; to receive or create profit
    Der Herr Müller ist echt reich; der macht mehr als 5000 im Monat. — Mr Müller is quite rich; he makes more than 5000 bucks per month.

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Unlike English, the verb machen (make) is used as a synonym for tun (do) in most cases. However, tun cannot be used for the proper senses of machen.



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  • IPA(key): /ˈmatʃen/, [ˈmätʃe̞n]



  1. Second-person plural (ustedes) imperative form of machar.
  2. Second-person plural (ustedes) present subjunctive form of machar.
  3. Third-person plural (ellos, ellas, also used with ustedes?) present subjunctive form of machar.