mak·ing / ˈmāking/ • n. 1. the process of making or producing something: the making of videos | [in comb.] glassmaking. 2. (makings) inf. money made; earnings or profit.3. (makings) essential qualities or ingredients needed for something: a film with all the makings of a cinematic success. ∎ (makings) inf. or dated paper and tobacco for rolling a cigarette.PHRASES: be the making of someone ensure someone's success or favorable development: this place has been the making of me in many ways.in the making in the process of developing or being made: a campaign that's been two years in the making.of one's (own) making (of a difficulty) caused by oneself.