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  1. plural of making
  2. (plural only) That which is needed for something: necessary ingredients.
    I have bread, mayonnaise, mustard, turkey, and lettuce: all the makings of a sandwich as far as I'm concerned.
    The project has the makings of success: a strong leader, a committed workforce, and a workable plan.
    He has the makings of a fine leader, and we, the nominating committee, are pleased to present him to the membership as our candidate.