make up
verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to form by fitting together or assembling <
make up a train of cars
>
b. to arrange typeset matter in (as pages) for printing 2. a. to combine to produce (a sum or whole) b. constitute, compose <
10 chapters make up this volume
>
3. a. to compensate for (as a deficiency or omission) <
make up the difference in lost pay
>
b. to do or take in order to correct an omission <
make up a history exam
>
4. settle, decide <
made up my mind to depart
>
5. to wrap or fasten up <
make the books up into a parcel
>
6. a. to prepare in physical appearance for a role b. to apply cosmetics to 7. a. invent, improvise <
make up a story
>
b. to set in order <
rooms are made up daily
>
intransitive verb 1. to become reconciled <
quarreled but later made up
>
2. a. to act ingratiatingly and flatteringly <
made up to his aunt for a new bicycle
>
b. to make advances ; court 3. compensate <
make up for lost time
>
4. a. to put on costumes or makeup (as for a play) b. to apply cosmetics

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  • make-up — make|up [ˈmeıkʌp] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(for your face)¦ 2¦(people in a group)¦ 3¦(character)¦ 4¦(test)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(FOR YOUR FACE)¦[U] coloured substances that are put on your face to improve or change your appearance ▪ I don t usually wear much make up …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • make up — {v.} (stress on up ) 1. To make by putting things or parts together. * /A car is made up of many different parts./ 2. To invent; think and say something that is new or not true. * /Jean makes up stories to amuse her little brother./ 3a. To do or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make up — {v.} (stress on up ) 1. To make by putting things or parts together. * /A car is made up of many different parts./ 2. To invent; think and say something that is new or not true. * /Jean makes up stories to amuse her little brother./ 3a. To do or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make up — [v1] create ad lib*, blend, coin, combine, compose, compound, concoct, construct, contrive, cook up*, devise, dream up, fabricate, fake it, fashion, fix, formulate, frame, fuse, hatch, improv*, improvise, invent, join, knock off, make, meld,… …   New thesaurus

  • make-up — ⇒MAKE UP, subst. masc. COSMÉTOLOGIE A. Maquillage du visage. Faire son make up. Des visages féminins aux paupières constellées de fleurs, d aigrettes: d extravagants bariolages en «make up» (Marie Claire, 15 sept. 1966, p. 58, col. 2). B. Fond de …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Make-up — Sn std. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. make up, Abstraktum zu to make up sich zurechtmachen (im Englischen Anfangsbetonung; vgl. nhd. Aufmachung), ursprünglich von der Aufmachung im Theater.    Ebenso nndl. make up, nschw. make up, nnorw …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • make|up — or make up «MAYK UHP», noun. 1. the way in which a thing is made up or put together: »The novelty of the orchestra s size and makeup... (Maclean s). SYNONYM(S): composition, constitution. 2. nature; disposition: »People of a nervous makeup are… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Make Up — Compilation album by Flower Travellin Band Released February 25, 1973 Genre Psychedelic rock Length …   Wikipedia

  • make up — [mɛkœp] n. m. invar. ÉTYM. 1922, « maquillage », in Höfler; mot angl., de to make up « arranger ». ❖ ♦ Anglicisme. 1 Fond de teint. 0 Son teint (…) semble voilé d une subtile pellicule de make up …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • make-up — (n.) also makeup, manner in which something is put together, 1821, from MAKE (Cf. make) (v.) + UP (Cf. up). Cosmetics sense is from 1886; verbal phrase make up to apply cosmetics is from 1808 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Make-up — »Verschönerung ‹des Gesichts› mit kosmetischen Mitteln«: Das Fremdwort wurde im 20. Jh. aus gleichbed. engl. make up entlehnt, das zu to make up »aufmachen, zurechtmachen« gehört und wörtlich »Aufmachung« bedeutet (zu engl. to make »machen«… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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