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    a homemaker

    Hi there.

    I'm quite confused about the meaning of 'make'.

    When I first looked at the word 'homemaker', I thought it meant someone who builds houses or homes or something.

    'Make' can mean produce or generate, such as make a cake.

    Can anyone explain?

    Thanks,

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    In AmE, a "homemaker" is the person (usually a female, but not always) who doesn't have a job outside of the home and spends her days tending to the house and family. She cleans, cooks, buys the groceries, shuttles the children to school and soccer practice, etc.


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    Hi, Ouisch.

    Thanks for your reply.

    I have no problem understanding the meaning of 'homemaker' after looking up a dictionary.

    I have hard time understanding the definition of 'make'. As I mentioned earlier, I thought that to make something meant to produce or generate something, but a homemaker doesn't mean a house builder. Why ???

    a story maker -- a person who writes stories.
    a cookie maker --- a person who generates or produces cookies.

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    I guess it's because the person "makes" a nice home. That is, she keeps it comfortable and clean, making it more of a home rather than just a house.


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    Hi, Ouisch.

    1. Do 'house maker', 'house builder' and 'home builder' mean the same thing?

    2. Which one is more common?

    Thanks,

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    Re: a homemaker

    No. A house builder or home builder is a person who actually contructs the dwelling.

    We usually don't say "house maker;" if you say "homemaker," it will be presumed the definition you mean is that which I described above.


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    Hi, Ouisch.

    Thanks for the follow-up and it helps.

    What about a doll house maker ?

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