Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “make up sth”

make up sth

phrasal verb with make
 
 
/meɪk/ verb [T] (made, made)
to combine with other people or things to form a total or group: Tuition makes up $154.7 million of the university's $389.5 million budget. The committee is made up of delegates from 15 different countries.
to reduce the bad effect of there not being enough of something: In order to make up the budget deficit we will have to increase taxation. Rent for individual families is based on their income, with federal money making up the difference.
to prepare something: make up a bill/invoice I'll get our sales department to make up an invoice for the goods.make up the accounts The accounts must be made up to a date not more than six months before the annual general meeting.
make up the time to work extra hours, because you did not work the full amount of time earlier: I'm going to finish early today, and make up the time tomorrow.
(Definition of make up sth from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of make up sth?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Comprising and consisting of, but you might be interested in these topics from the Including and excluding topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “make up sth” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

improvisation

a performance that an actor, musician, etc. has not practised or planned

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