make·​up | \ ˈmāk-ˌəp How to pronounce makeup (audio) \

Definition of makeup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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.
2a : the operation of making up especially pages for printing
b : design or layout of printed matter
3a(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

made up; making up; makes up

Definition of make up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to form by fitting together or assembling make up a train of cars
b : to arrange typeset matter in (columns or pages) for printing
2a : to combine to produce (a sum or whole)
b : constitute, compose 10 chapters make up this volume
3a : 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
6a : to prepare in physical appearance for a role
b : to apply cosmetics to
7a : 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
2a : 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
4a : to put on costumes or makeup (as for a play)
b : to apply cosmetics

Synonyms for makeup

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Jami Svay, a professional makeup artist, loves using Dawn dishwashing soap. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, 18 May 2022 Next came Dua Lipa, whose silver foiled cat-eye (the work of makeup artist Marcelo Gutierrez) demanded multiple winks, the metallic vibe echoed by Doja Cat and her gaze-encasing application of shimmering shadow. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 15 May 2022 Duff went on to thank the photographer, makeup artist, hair stylist and everyone who helped her through the shoot. Julie Mazziotta,, 11 May 2022 The Euphoria actress’s beauty squad included celebrity makeup artist Melissa Hernandez, who used all Armani Beauty products on the star’s sultry look. ELLE, 4 May 2022 The author, who is of Nigerian descent, shares tales from her upbringing, including her struggles with body image and self-esteem, and her path from professional makeup artist to fitness instructor. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 3 May 2022 Meg’s golden beat was created by the gifted artistic hands of celebrity makeup artist, Lauren Child. Emerald Elitou, Essence, 3 May 2022 Keep reading more on Y2K beauty: Now, watch a makeup artist's entire routine, from waking up to working on shoots: Our bad! Talia Gutierrez, Allure, 2 May 2022 Laura Remigio, 35, a makeup artist and stylist who said she was almost hit by a car while visiting a client in East New York, said that drivers go too fast and have cut her off in the crosswalk. New York Times, 2 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In his first season at Paris Saint-Germain, Messi’s salary is down some $22 million from his final year with Barcelona, but a major new partnership with fan engagement app Socios helped make up the difference. Brett Knight, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Since the Washington County land is so valuable, Sandy Ranch would likely have to pay the BLM several million dollars to make up the difference in value. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 May 2022 With only about 3 1/2 weeks left in the September-to-May season, NBC is unlikely to make up the difference. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 May 2022 Because of the pandemic, ASM fell short in several areas this year, prompting board members to propose offering a one-time bonus to make up the difference. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2022 The report said a Black woman must work 223 days to make up that difference, while an American Indian/Alaska Native woman would have to work 266 days. Sasha Pezenik, ABC News, 26 Apr. 2022 Their families and communities weave a patchwork of formal and informal resources to make up the difference. Laura Rodríguez Presa, Chicago Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 According to his analysis, wealthy, developed countries would hit their limits in terms of new emission cuts given their existing ambitious pledges, while developing countries left to make up the difference would find that unfair. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 17 Apr. 2022 To make up the difference and fully replenish the crypto drained in the hack, Sky Mavis is also using $450 million of its own money, Larsen said. Kristine Servando,, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of makeup


1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


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

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“Makeup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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make·​up | \ ˈmāk-ˌəp How to pronounce makeup (audio) \

Kids Definition of makeup

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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