Does it mean 'to have or form an opinion about(Merriam-Webster)' or just literally 'create from'?

Sean Covey, an American business executive and author, wrote, "You are free to choose what you want to make of your life. It's called free agency or free will, and it's your birthright."

  • Did you intend to leave a link under "(Meriam-Webster)"?
    – gotube
    Jan 7, 2022 at 4:16

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This does NOT mean "to have or form an opinion about". The closest definition in M-W appears to be 16a:

to produce as a result of action, effort, or behavior with respect to something

There are two examples:

make a mess of the job
tried to make a thorough job of it

The object of the preposition "of" is the thing out of which you make something. In M-W's examples, the OOTPs are "the job" and "it". In your sentence, the OOTP is "your life".

The direct object of "make" is the final result. In M-W's examples, the DOs are "a mess" and "a thorough job". In your sentence, the DO is the pronoun "what".

  • A perfect explanation! Thank you, MarcinManhattan.
    – TUALL
    Jan 7, 2022 at 0:58

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