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.
- non·make·up, adjective
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How to use makeup in a sentence
As of 2013, Jews make up 1.8 to 2.2 percent of the adult U.S. population.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America? | Emily Shire | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Still, they make up the largest block of holiday shoppers and are the key to retail success or failure.
However, the enormous benefits that low-skilled immigrants provide more than make up for that relatively small cost.
Her make-up includes two tattoo-like designs on both temples.
The smog will return quickly as factories try to double their production to make up for lost time.Obama and Xi Jinping Say They’ll Work Together to Save Environment | Ben Leung | November 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So she did ask, though it was a great ordeal to make up her mind to do it; and they gave my mother a thousand francs.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
She loved him now; and she had promised to make up for the long grey years of the past by marrying him almost at once.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
All these different objects fully make up for whatever amount of dirtiness may occasionally be met with.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
All that I can now say is, to desire that Trevithick will make up his mind to return to Cornwall immediately.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
But we can hire the old hall, and all the men will be glad to subscribe—a few of us can make up the deficit.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for make-up
cosmetics, such as powder, lipstick, etc, applied to the face to improve its appearance
the cosmetics, false hair, etc, used by an actor to highlight his features or adapt his appearance
the art or result of applying such cosmetics
the manner of arrangement of the parts or qualities of someone or something
the arrangement of type matter and illustrations on a page or in a book
mental or physical constitution
(tr) to form or constitute: these arguments make up the case for the defence
(tr) to devise, construct, or compose, sometimes with the intent to deceive: to make up a song; to make up an excuse
(tr) to supply what is lacking or deficient in; complete: these extra people will make up our total
(tr) to put in order, arrange, or prepare: to make up a bed
(intr foll by for) to compensate or atone (for): his kindness now makes up for his rudeness yesterday
to settle (differences) amicably (often in the phrase make it up)
to apply cosmetics to (the face) to enhance one's appearance or so as to alter the appearance for a theatrical role
to assemble (type and illustrations) into (columns or pages)
(tr) to surface (a road) with asphalt, concrete, etc
to set in order and balance (accounts)
to draw up (accounting statements)
make up one's mind to decide (about something or to do something): he made up his mind to take vengeance
make up to informal
to make friendly overtures to
to flirt with
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 makeup
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.
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