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

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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

Now, the home-makeover series is coming back for its 10th season, set to air on March 16, 2019, People reports. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "'Trading Spaces' Was Renewed for Another Season, but One Designer Won't Be Returning," 29 Jan. 2019 Fixer Upper fans are likely familiar with Michael Matsumoto, the show’s producer who received a makeover from Chip and Joanna Gaines on the season four finale. Megan Stein, Country Living, "You Can Rent This 'Fixer Upper' Producer's Farmhouse Designed by Chip and Joanna Gaines," 30 Dec. 2018 Classic bark gets a wintery makeover with white chocolate, peppermint, and crushed cookies. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "White Peppermint Bark," 30 Nov. 2018 The Museum of Westward Expansion and the Gateway Arch Visitors Center are part of a $380-million makeover that reopened Tuesday. Mary Forgione,, "Gateway Arch's $380-million makeover brings renovated museum and visitor center — and a new name," 4 July 2018 Another issue that design officials have said is critical to the public-private plaza makeover project is closure to traffic. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Four proposed changes to Alamo Plaza likely to stir most debate," 16 June 2018 Read on for his top makeup tips and snapshots of the glowy makeover of my dreams. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Rihanna’s Makeup Artist Taught Me Everything About Getting Her Glow," 25 Jan. 2019 As part of the makeover, Le Pen changed the party name to National Rally. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "France’s Le Pen distances herself from Bannon’s Movement," 8 Oct. 2018 The following year, Eric Millerberg, a white supremacist charged with murdering a teen babysitter, got a makeover before appearing in a Utah court. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "How looks can influence courtroom bias," 31 Oct. 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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