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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)
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