make·​over | \ˈmāk-ˌō-vər \

Definition of makeover 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

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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

b : reform sense 1

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Synonyms & Antonyms for makeover

Synonyms: Verb

alter, change, modify, recast, redo, refashion, remake, remodel, revamp, revise, rework, vary

Antonyms: Verb

fix, freeze, set, stabilize

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Examples of makeover in a Sentence


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.


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

The highlight of the makeover is the Incredicoaster, the steel coaster (which is made to look like an old, wooden ride) that winds its way around and dominates Pixar Pier. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018 This latest closure, expected to last at least a year, marks the last phase of a four-part makeover. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Another portion of Beach Drive reopens Monday," 8 July 2018 The renovation is part of the most extensive makeover of the Penn Museum in its 118-year history. Stephan Salisbury,, "Visit the Penn Museum's Sphinx this weekend, or wait another 4 to 6 years," 5 July 2018 The widely mocked Cristiano Ronaldo statue at the Madeira Airport got a bit of a makeover, just in time to celebrate his hat trick in Portugal’s opening game of the World Cup. Nina Mandell, For The Win, "Unfortunate Ronaldo bust gets an update and everyone's still unhappy," 18 June 2018 There was no clarification on the specifics but that could imply that its part of the design makeover. Brooke Crothers, Fox News, "Apple Watch 4 may get a significant overhaul, reports say," 29 Mar. 2018 America’s capital was badly in need of a makeover at the turn of the 20th century, particularly as Teddy Roosevelt’s new presidency brought youthful excitement to government and the idea of a rising country. Daniel Stone, Time, "How the Man Who Brought the Cherry Blossoms to Washington Narrowly Avoided a Diplomatic Crisis," 20 Mar. 2018 The team was in the midst of a roster makeover that eventually left Latrell Sprewell as its leader. Don Markus,, "Nearly quarter-century after leaving Maryland as NBA's top pick, Joe Smith in different spotlight," 13 Mar. 2018 Much about the show remains the same, from the All Things (Just Keep Getting Better) theme song, to the structure of the makeover, to the familiar signs of straight-male depression: an unkempt home, a lack of care for the lonely self. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "Queer Eye is Back," 12 Feb. 2018

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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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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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