"makings" in the noun sense
1. devising, fashioning, making
the act that results in something coming to be
"the devising of plans"
"the fashioning of pots and pans"
"the making of measurements"
"it was already in the making"
2. qualification, making
an attribute that must be met or complied with and that fits a person for something
"her qualifications for the job are excellent"
"one of the qualifications for admission is an academic degree"
"she has the makings of fine musician"
usually plural) the components needed for making or doing something
"the recipe listed all the makings for a chocolate cake"
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