makeup
noun Date: 1821 1. a. the way in which the parts or ingredients of something are put together ; composition b. physical, mental, and moral constitution 2. a. the operation of making up especially pages for printing b. design or layout of printed matter 3. a. (1) cosmetics used to color and beautify the face (2) a cosmetic applied to other parts of the body b. materials (as wigs and cosmetics) used in making up or in special costuming (as for a play) 4. replacement; specifically material added (as in a manufacturing process) to replace material that has been used up <
makeup water
>
5. something that makes up for a previous postponement, omission, failure, or deficiency <
a makeup exam
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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