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English definition of “make up for sth”

make up for sth

phrasal verb with make     /meɪk/ verb (made, made)
B2 to take the place of something lost or damaged or to compensate for something bad with something good: No amount of money can make up for the death of a child . This year's good harvest will make up for last year's bad one. [+ -ing verb] He bought me dinner to make up for be ing so late the day before.Replacing and exchanging
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