Definition of Make up

1. Verb. Form or compose. "These few men comprise his entire army"

2. Verb. Devise or compose. "This designer makes up our Spring collections"
Generic synonyms: Design

3. Verb. Do or give something to somebody in return. "They make up to move "; "Does she pay you for the work you are doing?"
Exact synonyms: Compensate, Pay, Pay Off
Generic synonyms: Settle
Derivative terms: Compensation, Compensation, Pay, Payee, Payer
Also: Pay Back, Pay Off

4. Verb. Make up work that was missed due to absence at a later point. "Can I catch up with the material or is it too late?"
Exact synonyms: Catch Up With
Generic synonyms: Recoup, Recover, Recuperate
Derivative terms: Make-up, Makeup

5. Verb. Make up something artificial or untrue.

6. Verb. Put in order or neaten. "Make up a room"
Exact synonyms: Make
Generic synonyms: Clean Up, Neaten, Square Away, Straighten, Straighten Out, Tidy, Tidy Up
Related verbs: Make

7. Verb. Adjust for. "Engineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance"

8. Verb. Come to terms. "After some discussion we finally made up"

9. Verb. Apply make-up or cosmetics to one's face to appear prettier. "She makes herself up every morning"
Generic synonyms: Groom, Neaten
Specialized synonyms: Highlight, Lipstick, Rouge, Powder
Derivative terms: Make-up, Makeup

Definition of Make up

1. Verb. (transitive) to constitute; to compose; to form ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) to compensate, fill in or catch up ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) to invent, imagine, or concoct (a story, claim, etc.) ¹

4. Verb. (transitive cooking) to assemble, or mix ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) to apply cosmetics or makeup ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) to resolve, forgive or smooth over an argument or fight ¹

7. Verb. To overcome a disadvantage ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Make Up

make sure
make the bed
make the blood run cold
make the cut
make the grade
make the most of
make the perfect the enemy of the good
make the rounds
make the welkin ring
make time
make to
make tracks
make tracks for
make unnecessary
make up (current term)
make up one's mind
make use
make vibrant sounds
make water
make waves
make way
make whoopie
make yourself at home

Literary usage of Make up

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1912)
"It was the practice that the orders, when taken, were forwarded to the residence of the seller, and when a sufficient quantity to make up a car load had ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1899)
"... of the sheets which make up a book ' containing space for mounting and fully describing fifty-one botanical specimens,' and in addition 'full directions ..."

3. Collections by CT Historical Society (1908)
"... git what land he wants to make up his lott by reason of by ways beng taken out of his lotts and all other wants to be laid out with his second Devisions ..."

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