makeup

noun make·up \ ˈmāk-ˌəp \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of makeup

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

Examples of makeup in a Sentence

  1. His daring attitude toward risks is a major part of his makeup.

  2. She put on some makeup before the party.

  3. She applied her makeup lightly.

  4. She's too young to wear makeup.

  5. put on makeup for a play

  6. I didn't recognize him when he was in his theatrical makeup.

Recent Examples of makeup from the Web

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First Known Use of makeup

1821


make up

verb

Definition of make 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 make up in a Sentence

  1. the book is made up of 20 chapters

  2. she keeps making up excuses as to why she hasn't yet finished the project

Recent Examples of make up from the Web

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First Known Use of make up

14th century


MAKEUP Defined for English Language Learners

makeup

noun

Definition of makeup for English Language Learners

  • : the way in which something is put together or arranged

  • : the physical, mental, and moral character of a person

  • : substances (such as lipstick or powder) used to make someone's face look more attractive


MAKEUP Defined for Kids

makeup

noun make·up \ ˈmāk-ˌəp \

Definition of makeup for Students

1 :any of various cosmetics (as lipstick or powder)
2 :the way the parts or elements of something are put together or joined
3 :materials used in changing a performer's appearance (as for a play or other entertainment)


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