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

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 The restrooms have gotten a makeover, with more stalls and the addition of a family bathroom, as well as no-touch fixtures. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "Broadway shows will return to Majestic Theatre in San Antonio in September with 'Hamilton' on tap in 2022," 9 Feb. 2021 The 18-story tower and surrounding buildings are getting a dramatic makeover that started last year. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Entrepreneurial program aims to grow bio tech firms at Dallas’ Pegasus Park," 3 Feb. 2021 The hotel’s famous dessert, Mile High Pie, will get a Mardi Gras makeover, with ube, mango and pistachio ice creams representing the purple, green and gold of the season. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, "For a Mardi Gras without parades, New Orleans restaurants find new roles," 26 Jan. 2021 Pringles will try a lighthearted ad to highlight its first makeover in 20 years. Star Tribune, "Super Bowl ad sales are far from super this year," 28 Dec. 2020 While Keys didn't say who's responsible for her hair makeover, there's a solid chance that her usual hairstylist Nai'vasha Johnson had something to do with it. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Alicia Keys Debuted Blunt Bangs and Butt-Length Hair at the Billboard Music Awards," 15 Oct. 2020 Williams injects elements of Afrobeat and world music in his makeover of the track, Wonder's upbeat celebration of the pageantry of race and ethnicity in American history. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "New remix puts a timely spin on a Stevie Wonder's classic 'Black Man'," 30 Aug. 2020 Her latest room makeover has really dazzled us, though. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Woman's Bedroom Is Giving Us Major Cinderella Castle Vibes," 8 July 2020 Nearly three weeks into the new NHL season, the grand makeover on the Bruins’ blue line — life after Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug — has been a solid success, the new-look bunch of defensemen a dependable, efficient lot. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Jakub Zboril, Jeremy Lauzon make themselves at home on Bruins’ blue line," 6 Feb. 2021

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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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25 Feb 2021

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“Makeover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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