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English definition of “make sth up”

make sth up

(COMPLETE) phrasal verb with make     /meɪk/ verb (made, made)
to make an amount of something complete or correct: I have £20,000 and I need £25,000 but my parents have promised to make up the difference.UK I suspect we were only invited to make up numbers (= to provide enough people).Filling and completing
(Definition of make sth up (COMPLETE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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