NAmE//ˈmeɪkɪŋ//[uncountable] making (of something)
to make someone become a better or more successful person College was the making of Joe.
be the making of somebodyjump to other results
to have the qualities that are necessary to become something Her first novel has all the makings of a classic. He has the makings of a first-rate lawyer.
have the makings of somethingjump to other results
in the process of becoming something or of being made This model was two years in the making. These events are history in the making.
in the makingjump to other results
(of a problem, difficulty, etc.) created by you rather than by someone or something else
of your own makingjump to other results