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Definition of makeover

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: 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 In the beauty salon, makeovers use the retailer’s own products, while treatments have low prices. Washington Post, "Department Stores Are Dead? Nobody Told Primark," 18 Sep. 2019 The four-bedroom, four-bath home has had a top-to-bottom modern makeover. Pueng Vongs, The Mercury News, "Photos: Price reduced for ‘Full House’ Victorian in San Francisco," 13 Sep. 2019 Anyone who's ever gotten an impulsive, post-breakup hair makeover can't blame the singer for experimenting with a new look after a major split. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Weeknd Looks Straight Out of the '70s with His New Look," 10 Sep. 2019 To be clear, there was no Cinderella makeover for Chopra Jonas, 37, or Jonas, 26., "PEOPLE'S Best Dressed Stars of 2019," 4 Sep. 2019 Case and point: yesterday, at the Venice Film Festival, the actress put her spin on the classic blazer, giving it a fresh new punky makeover. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kristen Stewart Gives the Blazer a Punky Makeover," 1 Sep. 2019 Without uttering a single word, Theron steals the minute-45 second long clip as Kelly — the movie's makeup department truly outdid itself, fully transforming the actress (who is not shy to full movie makeovers) into the extremely recognizable Kelly. Morgan Baila,, "Charlize Theron Transforms Into Megyn Kelly In Tense Bombshell With Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman," 23 Aug. 2019 But others view the rise of the human remains trade on Instagram as more than a sign of eccentricity, particularly when Instagrammers take real human skulls and give them faux tribal makeovers. Oscar Schwartz, WIRED, "There’s a Thriving Market for Human Body Parts on Instagram," 21 Aug. 2019 All three will get makeovers before employees move in., "Columbia Sportswear spends $33 million to expand headquarters," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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27 Oct 2019

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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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