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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], [ˈmäxɛn], [ˈmɑχən]
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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 machento 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 (prices)
    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.
  8. (reflexive dative, colloquial) to get cracking an on/with, to get down an to (something)

Usage notes[edit]

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.