Make-do vs make do

Tutoring English, subtleties are always interesting. The tutor mentions the distinction between “make-do” and “make do.”

make-do (adj): improvised.

make do (verb): get by with less resources than might be typical for the context.


Mish, Frederick C (editor). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004.

Gilmour, Lorna (editor). Collins Essential Canadian English Dictionary and Thesaurus. Glasgow: HarperCollins, 2006.

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

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