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or make-up

[meyk-uhp] /ˈmeɪkˌʌp/
facial cosmetics, as eye shadow or lipstick.
cosmetics used on other parts of the body, as to cover birthmarks.
the application of cosmetics.
the ensemble or effect created by such application:
Her makeup was subtle but very effective.
the total ensemble of cosmetics, wigs, costumes, etc., used by an actor or other performer.
the manner of being made up or put together; composition:
the makeup of a team; the makeup of a situation.
physical or mental constitution:
the makeup of a criminal.
the art, technique, or process of arranging or laying out, as pages in a publication.
the appearance of a page, book, newspaper, or the like, resulting from the arrangement and the variation in size and style of the printed elements:
The makeup would be helped by a picture in this corner.
Printing. the arrangement of set type, cuts, etc., into columns or pages.
an examination, assignment, or the like, given to offset a student's previous absence or failure.
an amount owed; balance.
Origin of makeup
First recorded in 1805-15; noun use of verb phrase make up
Related forms
nonmakeup, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A person who has these is largely of the Alimentive type, no matter what other types may be included in his makeup.

    How to Analyze People on Sight Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
  • This, his master said, was due to a streak of Irish in his makeup.

    Wild Animals at Home Ernest Thompson Seton
  • The baby brush for blending facial makeup is one of the most important tools in the makeup box.

  • There is nothing ephemeral or evanescent in the makeup of their records.

  • No trench is straight at any place; the straight line is done away with in the makeup of a trench.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill

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