makeover

noun
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

verb
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

White painted bricks line the restaurant, its makeover giving it a more casual feel than its predecessor restaurant tenant, Vita Urbana. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Good Company finds niche with well-made, affordable sandwiches," 20 June 2019 The original building was constructed as far back as the 13th century but had its vibrant makeover from a group of Brazilian artists in 2007. Glasgow, USA TODAY, "Glasgow, Gateway to Scotland: Witness the beauty and history of these 15 majestic castles," 13 June 2019 The new uniforms will feature either neon blue, green or pink trim to identify different employee positions Walmart employees can’t stop smiling thanks to their new uniform makeover. PEOPLE.com, "Walmart Replaces Signature Blue Employee Vests with New 'Modernized' Grey Style," 5 June 2019 After sashaying away from Atlanta after seasons 1 and 2 of the show took the streaming world by storm, the sensational squad are now making people ugly-cry with their incredible makeovers in Kansas City, Missouri. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Here's Exactly How To Nominate Someone For "Queer Eye"," 28 Mar. 2019 One reason for the vertical design was that nine years ago, Tencent could buy only a small real-estate parcel in Shenzhen, which was running out of open urban land during its makeover from a small fishing village to China’s leading tech hub. Dominique Fong And Shan Li, WSJ, "In the Office of Tomorrow, Tech Takes a Load Off—but Watch Out for Weight Gain," 22 Jan. 2019 Directed by Brian Henson, son of late Muppets creator Jim Henson, the film is an attempt to give the cute and cuddly puppets that first shot to fame in the 1970s their own adult-centric makeover. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Happytime Murders tests the limits of subverting nostalgia," 24 Aug. 2018 With its youthful makeover replacing Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne with Alex Bowman and rookie William Byron — who joined third-year driver Chase Elliott as team drivers in their 20s — the four-car team has seven top-5 finishes. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "6 reasons 2018 is one of the weirdest NASCAR seasons," 12 July 2018 Before and after their makeover, for instance, a serving of Oreos contained 160 calories and seven grams of fat. Author: Caitlin Dewey, Anchorage Daily News, "Artificial trans fats, widely linked to heart disease, are officially banned," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of makeover

Noun

1925, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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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makeover

noun

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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