AskDefine | Define makings

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1 an attribute that must be met or complied with and that fits a person for something; "her qualifications for the job are excellent"; "one of the qualifications for admission is an academic degree"; "she has the makings of fine musician" [syn: qualification]
2 the components needed for making or doing something; "the recipe listed all the makings for a chocolate cake"

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  1. Plural of making
  2. The abilities or qualities needed for success

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ability, adjunct, appurtenance, aspect, bump, caliber, capability, capacity, capital gains, circumstance, cleanup, clear profit, component, constituent, contents, detail, dividends, dower, dowry, earnings, element, endowment, equipment, factor, faculty, feature, filthy lucre, fixings, flair, forte, gain, gains, genius, get, gettings, gift, gleanings, gross, gross profit, hoard, income, ingredient, instinct, integrant, interest, item, killing, long suit, lucre, metier, natural endowment, natural gift, neat profit, net, net profit, paper profits, part, part and parcel, parts, pelf, percentage, perk, perks, perquisite, pickings, potential, power, powers, proceeds, profit, profits, qualification, rake-off, receipts, return, returns, speciality, specialty, store, strong flair, strong point, take, take-in, talent, talents, the goods, the stuff, wealth, what it takes, winnings
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