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

 

make up for

 phrasal verb
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make up for something

 
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to do something that corrects a bad situation synonym compensate Nothing can make up for the loss of a child. After all the delays, we were anxious to make up for lost time. Her enthusiasm makes up for her lack of experience. A warm and sunny September made up for a miserable wet August.

make up (to somebody) for something

 
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to do something for someone or give them something because you have caused them trouble, suffering, or disappointment and wish to show that you are sorry synonym compensate How can I make up for the way I've treated you? (informal) I'll make it up to you, I promise.
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