make·​over | \ ˈmāk-ˌō-vər How to pronounce makeover (audio) \
plural makeovers

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 hairstyle) The contest winner gets a professional makeover and photoshoot.

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

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: Noun Cariuma is all about creating comfortable shoes that are not only good looking, but also good for the environment — and one of those styles is a best-selling skate shoe that just got a major makeover. Alex Warner,, 21 June 2022 Bob Dylan got a stunning new makeover Friday (May 27). Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 27 May 2022 The lighthouse rooms are also near the resort’s iconic oceanfront saltwater pool, which got a makeover for this season. Karen Cicero, Good Housekeeping, 19 May 2022 The most popular Range Rover in the America just got a makeover. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 12 May 2022 This vegetarian main dish is like if a seven-layer dip got a makeover in the produce aisle. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 The family's sailing yacht, docked right outside the door, also got a fresh makeover. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 As air travel collapsed in the early days of the pandemic, many passenger planes got a makeover, with airlines stripping out seats and converting empty cabins into cargo holds. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 3 Feb. 2022 Where to Dine: The on-mountain dining got a major makeover this season. Jen Murphy, Travel + Leisure, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of makeover


1888, in the meaning defined above


1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jun 2022

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“Makeover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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