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Definition of makeover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 hairdo)

make over

made over; making over; makes over

Definition of make over (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to transfer the title of (property)
2a : remake, remodel, redesign made the whole house over

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s angst and sports games and cringey parents and makeovers. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "The Masturbation Moment in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Sequel Should Be Required Viewing for Teen Girls," 12 Feb. 2020 The architect is moving from downtown’s West End district to the office high-rise, which just had a major makeover. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Architect office lands on top of downtown Dallas’ Fountain Place tower," 12 Feb. 2020 JZ Motel and Suites opened following a major makeover project in 2017. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Prominent Birmingham hairstylist killed in Detroit motel," 12 Feb. 2020 But Alamo devotees who have long sought a plaza makeover focusing on 1836 have said the opportunity to commemorate the Woolworth lunch counter passed when the store closed in 1997. Scott Huddleston,, "San Antonio scholar could bring ‘healing’ to contentious Alamo makeover," 10 Feb. 2020 Butler's Pantry, the first of the new restaurants in Corporex's Covington Marriott at RiverCenter to re-open after a makeover from a new team (Stephen Williams of Bouquet and Mitch Arens, formerly of Coppin's). Polly Campbell,, "Restaurant openings in Cincinnati: January edition," 4 Feb. 2020 Last September, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum underwent a makeover of epic proportions when Korean artist Lee Ufan installed ten site-specific sculptures around the cylindrical building's exterior. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Must-See Outdoor Art Installations of 2020," 3 Feb. 2020 Cruz reopened it a month later and revealed a makeover that included a new look, menu items, logo and name, Slices on Mill. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Long-time employee-turned-owner took over Slices on Mill, bringing new flavors, menu to Tempe pizza joint," 2 Feb. 2020 The brand revealed an entirely new approach to racket manufacturing in 2019 with the Clash, all while giving the Blade franchise —known as Serena Williams’ racket of choice—a complete makeover. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Tennis Racket Technology Is Way More Elaborate Than You Think," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of makeover


1925, in the meaning defined above


1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of makeover was in 1546

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17 Feb 2020

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“Makeover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of makeover

: the act or process of making changes to improve the appearance or effectiveness of someone or something

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