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. verb
    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
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    type of:
    bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win
    attain success or reach a desired goal
  2. verb
    go successfully through a test or a selection process
    synonyms: pass
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    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
  3. verb
    continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.)
    synonyms: come through, pull round, pull through, survive
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    Antonyms:
    succumb, yield
    be fatally overwhelmed
    type of:
    defeat, get the better of, overcome
    win a victory over
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