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"make up" in British English

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make up

(also UK make it up)
phrasal verb with make uk   /meɪk/  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   /ˈmeɪk.ʌp/  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.
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  • 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

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make up

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

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

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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…
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