Meaning of “make up” in the English Dictionary

"make up" in English

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make-upnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈmeɪk.ʌp/ us /ˈmeɪk.ʌp/

make-up noun [ U ] (FOR FACE)

A2 coloured substances used on your face to improve or change your appearance:

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 obvious parts 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/


to forgive someone and become friends 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 discrimination legislation have affected both the make-up of the workforce and business in general.
The rating system is based on complex algorithms that analyse the nutritional make-up of a food item and then assign it a score.

(Definition of “make-up” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)