[ meyk-oh-ver ]
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  1. a remodeling; renovation; restoration: The old house needs a complete makeover.

  2. a thorough course of beauty and cosmetic treatments: Assistants spent four hours on the actress's makeover in preparation for the awards ceremony.

  1. a change made in one’s life or lifestyle: Does your career or marriage need a makeover?

Origin of makeover

First recorded in 1925–30; noun use of verb phrase make over Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use makeover in a sentence

  • Live to spend it as your brother desired, to make over the old house and reinstate the old name.

    The Mayor's Wife | Anna Katherine Green
  • But there are several old farmhouses that could be bought cheap, and they make over as good as new.

    The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
  • He had another legacy to make over to him, a large iron case fastened with three iron locks.

    Black Diamonds | Mr Jkai
  • It's silk, and a fine piece—I thought when I got it how splendidly it would make over.

    The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch | Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
  • Rajah Gholab Singh to be recognised as an independent sovereign over such territories as the British should make over to him.

British Dictionary definitions for make over

make over

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to transfer the title or possession of (property, etc)

  2. to renovate or remodel: she made over the dress to fit her sister

nounmakeover (ˈmeɪkˌəʊvə)
  1. a complete remodelling

  2. a series of alterations, including beauty treatments and new clothes, intended to make a noticeable improvement in a person's appearance

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with makeover


Redo, renovate, as in We're making over the playroom into an additional bedroom. [Late 1600s]

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