Definition of make up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

make up

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Phrasal Verbs

make up

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make yourself/somebodyup

 
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to put powder, lipstick, etc. on your/someone's face to make it more attractive or to prepare for an appearance in the theater, on television, etc. related noun makeup

    make somethingup

     
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  1. 1to form something synonym constitute Women make up 56% of the student population. related noun makeup, consist of Language Bankproportiondescribing fractions and proportions According to this pie chart, a third of students' leisure time is spent watching TV. One in five hours is spent socializing. Socializing accounts for/makes up/comprises about 20% of leisure time. Students spend twice as much time playing computer games as playing sports. Three times as many hours are spent playing computer games as reading. The figure for playing computer games is three times higher than the figure for reading. The largest proportion of time is spent playing computer games.
  2. 2to put something together from several different things related noun makeup
  3. 3to invent a story, etc., especially in order to trick or entertain someone He made up some excuse about his daughter being sick. I told the kids a story, making it up as I went along. You made that up!
  4. 4to complete a number or an amount required We need one more person to make up a team.
  5. 5to replace something that has been lost; to compensate for something Can I leave early this afternoon and make up the time tomorrow?
  6. 6to prepare a medicine by mixing different things together
  7. 7to prepare a bed for use; to create a temporary bed We made up the bed in the guest room. They made up a bed for me on the sofa.
  8. 8 to clean a hotel room and make the bed The maid asked if she could make up the room. They had forgotten to make up the room.

make up (with somebody)

 
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to end a disagreement with someone and become friends again Why don't you two kiss and make up? Has he made up with her yet? Have they made up yet?