Translation of "make sth up" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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make sth up

phrasal verb with make uk /meɪk/ us /meɪk/ verb made, made


B2 to invent something, such as an excuse or a story, often in order to deceive

I made up an excuse about having to look after the kids. 我編了個藉口,說必須照顧小孩。
My dad was always really good at making up stories. 我爸爸總是很善於編故事。

More examples

  • They made up an excuse not to go to the meeting.
  • She told us stories about her family, but they were all made up.
  • There was no fire - he made it all up.
  • If you can't think what to write, just make something up.
  • I made up a few words about his role in the company.


to prepare or arrange something by putting different things together

Could you make up a list of all the things that need to be done? 你能否將要做的所有事情列張清單?
He asked the man behind the counter to make up a box with a selection of chocolates. 他請售貨員把多種巧克力拼湊起來,放好在盒子裡。
The maid will make up your room later. 服務員稍後將打掃您的房間。

specialized fabrics to produce or prepare something from cloth

We could use the rest of the material to make up some curtains. 我們可以用剩下的布料做些窗簾。

specialized publishing If you make up a page, book, or newspaper, you arrange the text and pictures in the form in which they will be printed.


If you make up a bed for someone, you put sheets and covers on a bed so that they have a place to sleep in your home.


UK If you make up a fire, you prepare it or put more wood or coal on it when it is burning.



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. 我有兩萬英鎊,但我卻需要兩萬五千,幸好父母答應幫我湊齊。
UK I suspect we were only invited to make up numbers (= to provide enough people). 我懷疑我們只是被邀請來充數的。


to reduce or replace something, usually an amount of time or work, that has been lost

We're hoping to make up time on the return journey by not stopping at night. 我們希望在回程時通宵趕路,以彌補失去了的時間。
You'll have to make up the work you missed while you were away. 你必須補做缺勤期間本應完成的工作。

(Translation of “make sth up” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)