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make·​over ˈmāk-ˌō-vər How to pronounce makeover (audio)
plural makeovers
: an act or instance of making over
a makeover of the tax system
especially : a changing of a person's appearance (as by the use of cosmetics or a different hairstyle)
The contest winner gets a professional makeover and photoshoot.

make over

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made over; making over; makes over

transitive verb

: to transfer the title of (property)
: remake, remodel, redesign
made the whole house over

Examples of makeover in a Sentence

Noun The actress had a complete makeover to turn her into a glamorous star. They gave their advertising a total makeover to improve their corporate image. Verb the old factory was completely made over and is now an upscale shopping center made the deed over to his daughter
Recent Examples on the Web
After its premiere in 2002, Darnell fielded a pitch for an even more extreme makeover show — this one with a competition twist., 15 Feb. 2024 Adobe Premiere Pro with Sensei Another example of an industry-standard tool being given a generative AI makeover for the modern age. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Fast forward to the present, and the news post on Meghan’s visit to a California Welcome Project arrives as part of a larger makeover to the Archewell Foundation website. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 12 Feb. 2024 Inside, the entire cabin has seen a major makeover, adopting many of the changes introduced with the new DB12. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 11 Feb. 2024 The health club and spa are also due for its own makeover. Chadner Navarro, Travel + Leisure, 3 Feb. 2024 End-of-Life Caregiver: Compassionate Innovations End-of-life care is getting a tech makeover, as the largest demographic in history enters its twilight years. Jennifer Stojkovic, Rolling Stone, 29 Jan. 2024 But none have warranted a $3.85 billion makeover of the city before the Ram Mandir, consecrated on Monday, Jan. 22 by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a grand opening decades in the making. TIME, 24 Jan. 2024 The pool – featuring a 12-foot deep end, right on the lake – has recently undergone a $130,000 makeover. Blair Brown, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024
For seasoned cooks and kitchen novices, cookbook author and nutritionist Robin Miller takes it back to basics with great, family-friendly recipes worth making over and over again. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 Generous six- and seven-figure incomes are common, with one exec making over $15 million per year. Dan Morhaim, Baltimore Sun, 12 Feb. 2024 Athletes are on this week's ballot based on information made available to The Enquirer and nominations made over the past week, including scores emailed to James Weber, The Enquirer, 31 Jan. 2024 Of all the expensive signings made over the past two years, the most shrewd might be Cole Palmer from Manchester City. Steve Douglas, USA TODAY, 22 Jan. 2024 Her communion with Lou, on the other hand, is pure heat, with the promise of something more made over eggs the next morning. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 21 Jan. 2024 Yuki Iwamura / Bloomberg via Getty Images And income caps still apply: Individuals making over $150,000 annually nor couples bringing in $300,000 qualify for the credits, which stop at electric sedans over $55,000 and SUVs and trucks over $80,000. J.j. McCorvey, NBC News, 14 Jan. 2024 If the ask was a small one, something easy and not particularly incriminating, then, yes, perhaps it could be made over a drink or dinner; perhaps asking for an earnings report a day or two early. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 8 Feb. 2024 The first film made over $680 million at the global box office and has been streamed for over 1 billion hours on Disney+. Lindsey Bahr, Quartz, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1888, in the meaning defined above


1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of makeover was in 1546

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“Makeover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

make over

: to transfer the title of
made the estate over to his sister
: remake, remodel
made the whole house over

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