make up meaning


    Definition of make up in English Dictionary

  • VerbSGmakes upPRmaking upPT, PPmade up
    1. VT To constitute; to compose; to form.
      1. The words "dream interpretation" were and still are indeed fraught with unpleasant, unscientific associations. They remind one of all sorts of childish, superstitious notions, which make up the thread and woof of dream books, read by none but the ignorant and the primitive.
    2. VT To compensate, fill in or catch up.
      1. He can make up the time next week. ‎
      2. I plan to make up for my failed midterm. ‎
      3. Cuba took limited free market-oriented measures to alleviate severe shortages of food, consumer goods, and services to make up for the ending of Soviet subsidies. ‎
    3. VT To invent, imagine, or concoct (a story, claim, etc.).
      1. He was a great storyteller and could make up a story on the spot. ‎
    4. VT (cooking) To assemble, or mix.
      1. I can make up a batch of stew in a few minutes, but it will take a few hours to cook. ‎
    5. VT To apply cosmetics or makeup to.
      1. Let's leave as soon I make up my face. ‎
    6. VI To resolve, forgive or smooth over an argument or fight.
      1. They fight a lot, but they always manage to make up. ‎
    7. To overcome a disadvantage.
      1. The Argentine found Dzeko and his killer ball was timed brilliantly for the Ivorian, who made up 90 yards, to slot in.
  • More Examples
    1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
      • Another Karadeniz cross led to Cudicini's first save of the night, with the Spurs keeper making up for a weak punch by brilliantly pushing away Christian Noboa's snap-shot.
      • Could you give me some colour with regards to which products made up the mix of revenue for this quarter? ‎
      • As the train was late, we passed the time looking at our fellow passengers and making up stories about them.
  • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
    1. Phrases
      • Phrasal verbs
        • Phrasal verbs with particle (up)
      • Verbs
        • Phrasal verbs
          • Phrasal verbs with particle (up)
          • Intransitive verbs
            • Transitive verbs
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          1. en make up one's mind
          2. en make up the numbers
          Source: Wiktionary
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          Meaning of make up for the defined word.

          Grammatically, this idiom "make up" is a phrase, more specifically, a phrasal verb. It's also a verb, more specifically, a phrasal verb, an intransitive verb and a transitive verb.
          Definiteness: Level 8
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