makeup

or make-up

[ meyk-uhp ]
/ ˈmeɪkˌʌp /

noun

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Origin of makeup

First recorded in 1805–15; noun use of verb phrase make up

OTHER WORDS FROM makeup

non·make·up, adjective

Definition for make up (2 of 2)

Origin of make

1
before 900; Middle English maken, Old English macian; cognate with Low German, Dutch maken, German machen

synonym study for make

1. Make, construct, manufacture mean to produce, to put into definite form, or to put parts together to make a whole. Make is the general term: Bees make wax. Construct, more formal, means to put parts together, usually according to a plan or design: to construct a building. Manufacture usually refers to producing something from material that requires conversion from one state or condition to another, now almost entirely by means of machinery in a relatively complex process: to manufacture automobiles by the assembly of different parts. The term is also often used contemptuously of unimaginative or hackneyed works of art with the implication that the work was produced mechanically, and is used abstractly with the idea of denying genuineness: to manufacture an excuse.

OTHER WORDS FROM make

mak·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for make up (1 of 2)

make1
/ (meɪk) /

verb makes, making or made (mainly tr)

noun

Derived forms of make

makable, adjective

Word Origin for make

Old English macian; related to Old Frisian makia to construct, Dutch maken, German machen to make

British Dictionary definitions for make up (2 of 2)

make2
/ (meɪk) /

noun archaic

a peer or consort
a mate or spouse

Derived forms of make

makeless, adjective

Word Origin for make

Old English gemaca mate; related to match 1
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Idioms and Phrases with make up (1 of 2)

make up

1

Put together, construct or compose, as in The druggist made up the prescription, or The tailor said he could make up a suit from this fabric. This usage was first recorded in 1530.

2

Constitute, form, as in One hundred years make up a century. [Late 1500s]

3

Change one's appearance; apply cosmetics. For example, He made himself up as an old man. [c. 1800]

4

Devise a fiction or falsehood; invent. For example, Mary is always making up stories for her children, or Is that account true or did you make it up? This usage was first recorded in 1828.

5

Compensate for, provide for a deficiency, as in Can you make up the difference in the bill? or What he lacks in height he makes up in skill. This usage was first recorded in 1538. Also see make up for lost time.

6

Repeat a course, take a test or do an assignment at a later time because of previous absence or failure. For example, Steve will have to make up calculus this summer, or The professor is letting me make up the exam tomorrow.

7

Also, make it up. Resolve a quarrel, as in The Sweeneys argue a lot but they always make up before going to sleep, or Will you two ever make it up? The first usage was first recorded in 1699, the variant in 1669.

8

Put in order, as in We asked them to make up the room for us, or Can you make up another bed in this room? [Early 1800s] Also see the subsequent idioms beginning with make up.

Idioms and Phrases with make up (2 of 2)

make

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