[ meyk-oh-ver ]
/ ˈmeɪkˌoʊ vər /
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a remodeling; renovation; restoration: The old house needs a complete makeover.
a thorough course of beauty and cosmetic treatments: Assistants spent four hours on the actress's makeover in preparation for the awards ceremony.
a change made in one’s life or lifestyle: Does your career or marriage need a makeover?
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Origin of makeover

First recorded in 1925–30; noun use of verb phrase make over
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How to use makeover in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for makeover

make over

verb (tr, adverb)
to transfer the title or possession of (property, etc)
to renovate or remodelshe made over the dress to fit her sister
noun makeover (ˈmeɪkˌəʊvə)
a complete remodelling
a series of alterations, including beauty treatments and new clothes, intended to make a noticeable improvement in a person's appearance
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Other Idioms and Phrases with makeover

make over


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


Change or transfer ownership, usually through a legal document, as in She made over the house to her daughter. This usage was first recorded in 1546.

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