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make·​over ˈmāk-ˌō-vər How to pronounce makeover (audio)
plural makeovers
: 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 hairstyle)
The contest winner gets a professional makeover and photoshoot.

make over

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made over; making over; makes over

transitive verb

: to transfer the title of (property)
: remake, remodel, redesign
made the whole house over

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Kelly lines up product sponsorships (most of them real — remember Tang?) and gives astronauts Neil Armstrong (Nick Dillenburg), Buzz Aldrin (Colin Woodell) and Michael Collins (Christian Zuber) an all-American-hero makeover. Ty Burr, Washington Post, 11 July 2024 Avoid these colors and finishes for a successful bathroom makeover. Maria Sabella, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 July 2024
By the end of the year, Chase Consumer Banking CEO Jennifer Roberts elaborated that some of the branches would be made over to serve wealthier clients. Beth Greenfield, Fortune, 1 July 2024 The first film made over $680 million at the global box office and has been streamed for over 1 billion hours on Disney+. Lindsey Bahr, USA TODAY, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for makeover 

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Word History

First Known Use


1888, in the meaning defined above


1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of makeover was in 1546

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Cite this Entry

“Makeover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

make over

: to transfer the title of
made the estate over to his sister
: remake, remodel
made the whole house over

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