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"made up" in British English

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made upadjective

uk   us   /ˌmeɪdˈʌp/

made up adjective (APPEARANCE)

[after verb] wearingmake-up: She's always very heavily made up (= ​wearing a lot of ​make-up).

made up adjective (INVENTED)

A made-up ​story or ​report has been ​invented and is ​untrue: [before noun] made-up ​stories

made up adjective (HAPPY)

[after verb] UK Northern English informal very ​happy about something good that has ​happened: I was made up when she ​offered me the ​job.
(Definition of made up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"made-up" in American English

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made-upadjective

 us   /ˈmeɪdˈʌp/

made-up adjective (WEARING MAKEUP)

wearing esp. a lot of makeup: She was ​heavily made-up and ​wearing a ​wig.

made-up adjective (INVENTED)

(of ​stories, ​information, etc.) ​created by the ​imagination, or ​invented and not ​true: a made-up ​name They ​complained about "made-up" ​data.
(Definition of made-up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “made up”
in Chinese (Simplified) 外貌, 化过妆的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 外貌, 化了妝的…
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