makeup

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noun

make·​up ˈmāk-ˌəp How to pronounce makeup (audio)
variants or less commonly make-up
plural makeups also make-ups
1
a
: the way in which the parts or ingredients of something are put together : composition
the ethnic makeup of the neighborhood
b
: physical, mental, and moral constitution
His daring attitude toward risks is a major part of his makeup.
2
a
: the operation of making up especially pages for printing
b
: design or layout of printed matter
3
a(1)
: cosmetics (such as lipstick, mascara, and eye shadow) used to color and beautify the face
(2)
: a cosmetic applied to other parts of the body
leg makeup for a tanned appearance
b
: materials (such as wigs and cosmetics) used in making up or in special costuming (as for a play)
4
: replacement
specifically : material added (as in a manufacturing process) to replace material that has been used up
makeup water
5
: something that makes up for a previous postponement, omission, failure, or deficiency
a makeup exam

make up

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verb

made up; making up; makes up

transitive verb

1
a
: to form by fitting together or assembling
make up a train of cars
b
: to arrange typeset matter in (columns or pages) for printing
2
a
: to combine to produce (a sum or whole)
b
: constitute, compose
10 chapters make up this volume
3
a
: to compensate for (something, such as a deficiency or omission)
make up the difference in lost pay
b
: to do or take in order to correct an omission
make up a history exam
4
: settle, decide
made up my mind to depart
5
: to wrap or fasten up
make the books up into a parcel
6
a
: to prepare in physical appearance for a role
b
: to apply cosmetics to
7
a
: invent, improvise
make up a story
b
: to set in order
rooms are made up daily

intransitive verb

1
: to become reconciled
quarreled but later made up
2
a
: to act ingratiatingly and flatteringly
made up to his aunt for a new bicycle
b
: to make advances : court
3
: compensate
make up for lost time
4
a
: to put on costumes or makeup (as for a play)
b
: to apply cosmetics

Examples of makeup in a Sentence

Noun His daring attitude toward risks is a major part of his makeup. She put on some makeup before the party. She applied her makeup lightly. She's too young to wear makeup. put on makeup for a play I didn't recognize him when he was in his theatrical makeup. Verb the book is made up of 20 chapters she keeps making up excuses as to why she hasn't yet finished the project See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
As Election Day nears, CNN analyzed the electorate makeup and what could be driving the voting decisions of young Indonesians, including jobs, climate change and pollution as well as high phone and social media usage. Rachel Wilson, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024 For the makeup, Romero Jennings, MAC’s Director of Makeup Artistry, was inspired by dark romance. Valerie Butler, Essence, 10 Feb. 2024 Per the Cleveland Clinic, inflammatory acne is caused when your pores or hair follicles get clogged with sebum (natural oils), dead skin cells, excess oils, product buildup from makeup, etc. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 The researchers measured the chemical makeup of PM2.5 over the course of a month. Virginia Gewin, Scientific American, 8 Feb. 2024 But what if one small glitch in a virus’ makeup changed everything? Mary Ann Gwinn, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2024 Hair, Carlos Ferras; makeup, Anna Inglis Hall; stylist, Farrah O’Connor. Kerensa Cadenas, Vogue, 7 Feb. 2024 The real decision will be made at the Thursday caucus, where participants will decide the makeup of the 26 delegates who get to attend the GOP Convention in Milwaukee in July. TIME, 6 Feb. 2024 McIntosh spent an hour and a half on applying prosthetics and makeup, while an additional hour and a half was spent on applying the wig, body makeup and wardrobe. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 6 Feb. 2024
Verb
Premiums were about the same for 2012, though the terrorism insurance premiums decreased, and this was made up for by an increase in the premiums for a loss of business income policy. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 Back then, something like 10% of the country’s GDP was made up of remittances and so most of our customer service agents there had a direct connection to remittances. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 It is made up of nearly same members as the Land Board except the state controller acts as the board’s secretary rather than a member, and the board does not include the state schools superintendent. Nick Rosenberger, Idaho Statesman, 9 Feb. 2024 DeSantis suggests making up for all this with decreases in property taxes, which are much higher than California’s because Florida lacks limits like those in this state’s 1978 Proposition 13. Thomas Elias, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 For the first year only, employees are getting a 1 percent salary bump to make up for the discrepancy in contributions between the old 401(k) and the new retirement accounts. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2024 The following year, the museum formed a separate advisory group made up of members of West Philadelphia’s religious and community leaders to specifically address how to respectfully handle the remains of the 12 women and 7 Black Philadelphian men held in the collection. Justin Gamble, CNN, 9 Feb. 2024 The team of No. 1 picks will take on a team made up entirely of the host Pacers and another team made up of three other all-stars. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 8 Feb. 2024 Truong Tran from the Juno Fishing Pier reported recent catches have been made up of mostly mutton and mangrove snappers plus lots of bluerunners. Alan Sherman, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of makeup was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Makeup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/makeup. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

makeup

1 of 2 noun
make·​up ˈmā-ˌkəp How to pronounce makeup (audio)
1
: the way the parts or elements of something are put together : composition
the makeup of a newspaper
2
a
: any of various cosmetics (as lipstick or powder)
b
: materials (as wigs or cosmetics) used in making up
put on makeup for a play
too young to wear makeup

make up

2 of 2 verb
(ˈ)mā-ˈkəp
1
: to form by fitting together or assembling
make up a suit
make up a train
2
: compose sense 1b
chapters make up a book
3
: to make good for something lacking or for a loss or injury
4
: decide sense 3, settle
made up my mind to go
5
a
: to create from the imagination : invent
make up a story
b
: to set in order
rooms are made up daily
6
: to become friendly again
they fought and made up
7
a
: to put on costumes or makeup (as for a play)
made up as a clown
b
: to apply cosmetics to

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