make it

To make it is to accomplish something, or to become successful. Your college advisor might tell you that to make it in the physics department, you've got to be good at both science and math.

An actor might try to make it in Hollywood, while a young dog lover may hope to make it in the world of dog shows. You can also use make it to mean "pass," asking your friend, "Did you make it?" and having her answer, "No, I have to take the driving test again next month." And when you just barely make it, you survive: "He's trying to make it on a librarian's salary."

Definitions of make it
1

v succeed in a big way; get to the top

“I don't know whether I can make it in science!”
Synonyms:
arrive, get in, go far
Type of:
bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win
attain success or reach a desired goal

v go successfully through a test or a selection process

Synonyms:
pass
Antonyms:
bomb, fail, flunk, flush it
fail to get a passing grade
fail
fall short in what is expected
fail
judge unacceptable
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Types:
ace, breeze through, nail, pass with flying colors, sail through, sweep through
succeed at easily
Type of:
bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win
attain success or reach a desired goal

v continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.)

Synonyms:
come through, pull round, pull through, survive
Antonyms:
succumb, yield
be fatally overwhelmed
Type of:
defeat, get the better of, overcome
win a victory over

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