as an adjective, 'made' typically describes the origin, composition, or creation of something.
She bought a custom-made dress for the event.
The documentary highlighted the struggles of self-made millionaires.
Many consumers are looking for products that are American-made.
When 'made' is used as part of a compound adjective before a noun, it's typically hyphenated, as in 'hand-made' or 'machine-made.' The adjective 'made' often follows a descriptor that indicates the method, material, or origin of the item's creation.
Be cautious not to confuse these compound adjectives with verb phrases. For instance, 'The dress was custom made' (verb phrase) vs. 'It's a custom-made dress' (compound adjective).