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English definition of “makeup”

makeup

noun  /ˈmeɪkˌʌp/ us  

makeup noun (SUBSTANCE)

[U] colored substances used on your face to improve or change its appearance: She always wears a lot of makeup.

makeup noun (COMBINATION)

[C usually sing] a combination of things that form something: The committee’s membership does not reflect the city’s racial makeup.
(Definition of makeup from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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