make·​over | \ˈmāk-ˌō-vər \

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)

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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

b : reform sense 1

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Examples of makeover in a Sentence


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.


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

Stillman, which has formed a partnership with South Korean financial firm Daishin Securities Co. for this venture, is spending $100 million for the makeover. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Final Holdout of Times Square’s Rejuvenation to Get $100 Million Makeover," 18 Sep. 2018 The new line will debut in September, just in time for a fall makeover of your beauty bag. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Patrick Starrr Announced His Destination Diva MAC Cosmetics Collection," 22 Aug. 2018 The railroad group didn’t panic a few years ago when the Expo board started soliciting feedback for a multi-million-dollar makeover for the 34-acre property. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tiny railroaders battle with state Expo over Napa’s past, future," 7 Apr. 2018 Their deal results in an unexpected hair makeover, and Sabrina's hair changes color from blonde to white. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kiernan Shipka Talked Filming a Final “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” Scene," 30 Oct. 2018 For Kim Kardashian West, a week without an extreme makeover is a rarity. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "There's Something Different About Kim Kardashian West Today," 15 Aug. 2018 The sunny charisma was familiar but the sound was new as Harry Styles gave Detroit a glimpse of an artistic makeover-in-progress Tuesday night. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Harry Styles cuts new musical path at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit," 27 June 2018 Yield: 4-6 servings America’s favorite sandwich gets an Italian makeover, with pasta standing in for the bread, pancetta for the bacon and spicy arugula for the lettuce. Domenica Marchetti, charlotteobserver, "These are 4 of the easiest weeknight pastas you’ll ever find | Charlotte Observer," 22 May 2018 Although she was eliminated in the sixth episode, the time on the show earned her a job hosting and producing the VH1 show TRANSform Me, in which transgender stylists give a cisgender woman an external and internal makeover. Julia Emmanuele,, "Tiffany Haddish Was on Pimp My Ride — And More Throwback Celeb Reality TV Appearances," 17 May 2018

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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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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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