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English definition of “make-up”

make-up

noun [U] uk   /ˈmeɪk.ʌp/ us  

make-up noun [U] (FOR FACE)

A2 coloured substances used on your face to improve or change your appearance: I put on a little eye make-up. She wears a lot of make-up.

make-up noun [U] (PARTS)

The make-up of something or someone is the combination of things that form it: They argue that the membership of the Council does not reflect the racial make-up of the city. Organizational ability is not one of the most obvious parts of his make-up.
(Definition of make-up noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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