Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “make sth up”

make sth up

(PREPARE) phrasal verb with make     /meɪk/ verb (made, made)
to prepare or arrange something by putting different things together: Could you make up a list of all the things that need to be done? He asked the man behind the counter to make up a box with a mixed selection of chocolates. The maid will make up your room later.Preparing specialized fabrics to produce or prepare something from cloth: We could use the rest of the material to make up some curtains.Creating and producingInventing, designing and innovation specialized publishing If you make up a page, book, or newspaper, you arrange the text and pictures in the form in which they will be printed.Printing and word processing If you make up a bed for someone, you put sheets and covers on a bed so that they have a place to sleep in your home.Preparing UK If you make up a fire, you prepare it or put more wood or coal on it when it is burning.Starting fires
(Definition of make sth up (PREPARE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of make sth up

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Starting fires, but you might be interested in these topics from the Energy & fuels topic area:

Translations of “make sth up”

Word of the Day

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More