: fully manufactured
: marked by the use of makeup
: fancifully conceived or falsely devised

Examples of made-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her mother Dee Dee Blanchard lived with Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a psychological disorder in which parents or caregivers seek sympathy through the exaggerated or made-up illnesses of their children. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2023 Under the visage of the monster he was made-up to be, shined the kindest of spirits. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 14 Dec. 2023 Clad in a bright matching jumpsuit, blonde hair wrapped delicately in a chic scarf and face made-up proper, donning oversized sunglasses, her charisma is on full display. Holly Jones, Variety, 15 Oct. 2023 Gorgeously made-up, with earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, a corset, and a cloak, Inanna set forth. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 11 Aug. 2022 The score was made-up of averages from an air and water quality sub-category and a pollution sub-category. Sydney Carruth, The Arizona Republic, 3 May 2023 Visible light is a form of electromagnetic radiation, which is made-up of photons—particles of light—that travel in different wavelengths. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 3 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1725, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of made-up was in 1725

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“Made-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/made-up. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: created from the imagination
a made-up story
: marked by the use of makeup
made-up eyelids

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