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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Synonyms & Antonyms for makeover

Synonyms: Verb

alter, change, modify, recast, redo, refashion, remake, remodel, revamp, revise, rework, vary

Antonyms: Verb

fix, freeze, set, stabilize

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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

The news comes 15 years after the milestone makeover series first aired on Bravo. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Queer Eye' Renewed for Season 3 at Netflix," 13 July 2018 The makeover began in 2016 with a $10 million overhaul of Canyon Suites and the guest rooms at The Phoenician. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Check out the Phoenician resort's fresh look: New spa, golf course, lobby," 11 July 2018 But make no mistake: This is A.C.’s era of earnestly recycled casino restaurants rather than the total identity makeover of its bolder days when the Borgata debuted. Craig Laban,, "Atlantic City restaurants: New casinos, diverse independent spots create rising culinary energy," 6 July 2018 Trump is scheduled to announce his selection to replace the retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy July 9 — the latest flashpoint over the court’s makeover. Neil Vigdor,, "Connecticut's Justin Clark And Raj Shah Will Promote Trump Nominee For Supreme Court," 2 July 2018 But the mall makeover has alarmed and elicited challenges from some neighbors and activists, including the Black Community Clergy and Labor Alliance, the Los Angeles Tenants Union and the Los Angeles Black Worker Center. Emily Alpert Reyes,, "City Council approves hotly contested overhaul of South L.A. mall," 27 June 2018 Kim Jong Un’s makeover continued with a two-day visit to China, where the North Korean dictator was hailed as a leader trying to develop his impoverished nation. The Economist, "Politics this week," 21 June 2018 Most of the change in Kansas City has centered on Patrick Mahomes taking over at quarterback, but the Chiefs went through a deliberate makeover on defense over the last few months too. Albert Breer,, "For Andrew Luck, It All Re-Starts Here," 18 June 2018 Rolling Stone is in for a makeover in the hands of a new owner. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "Cardi B, Live Events, Fewer Issues: Meet the New Rolling Stone," 2 July 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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