make up Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “make up” in the English Dictionary

"make up" in British English

See all translations

make up

(also UK make it up)
phrasal verb with make uk   us   /meɪk/ verb (made, made)
to ​forgive someone and be ​friendly with them again after an ​argument or ​disagreement: They kissed and made up, as ​usual.UK We often ​quarrel but we always make it up ​soon after.

make-upnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈmeɪk.ʌp/

make up noun [U] (FOR FACE)

A2 colouredsubstances used on ​yourface to ​improve or ​changeyourappearance: I put on a little ​eye make-up. She wears a lot of make-up.
See also
More examples

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 ​obviousparts of his make-up.
(Definition of make up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"make up" in American English

See all translations

make up

phrasal verb with make  us   /meɪk/ verb (past tense and past participle made  /meɪd/ )


to ​forgive someone and ​becomefriends again after an ​argument or ​disagreement: We ​argue all ​right, but we always make up before ​long.
(Definition of make up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"make-up" in Business English

See all translations

make-upnoun [S]

uk   us  
the different ​people who together ​form a ​group, or the different things that something consists of: Changes in age ​discriminationlegislation have affected both the make-up of the ​workforce and ​business in ​general. The ​ratingsystem is ​based on complex ​algorithms that ​analyse the nutritional make-up of a ​fooditem and then ​assign it a score.
(Definition of make-up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “make up”
in Arabic مَكْياج…
in Korean 화장…
in Portuguese maquiagem…
in Catalan maquillatge…
in Japanese 化粧(品)…
in Italian trucco…
in Chinese (Simplified) 和解,言归于好…
in Turkish barışmak, arayı düzeltmek…
in Russian мириться…
in Chinese (Traditional) 和解,言歸於好…
in Polish pogodzić się…
What is the pronunciation of make up?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“make up” in British English

“make up” in American English

“make up” in Business English

Word of the Day


a natural ability or skill

Word of the Day

Tree huggers and climate change deniers
Tree huggers and climate change deniers
by Colin McIntosh,
October 08, 2015
The climate debate is one that has predictably generated a large amount of new vocabulary, some of it originally specialized scientific terminology that has been taken up by the media and is now common currency. Some of these terms are new additions to the Cambridge English Dictionary. The two opposing sides in

Read More 

face training noun
face training noun
October 05, 2015
a system of facial exercises designed to tone the facial muscles and improve the skin

Read More