make·​over | \ ˈmāk-ˌō-vər How to pronounce makeover (audio) \

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)

make over

made over; making over; makes over

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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun However, the district attorney-elect says layoffs will happen only when current employees don’t subscribe to his plan for a progressive makeover. Matt Sledge,, "Jason Williams sets Friday deadline for Orleans DA staffers to reapply for jobs," 15 Dec. 2020 Not everyone who participated in a home makeover reality show appears to have been satisfied with the results, reports BuzzFeed. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property newsletter: Celeb homeowners are shooting for the $tars," 12 Dec. 2020 Both Syd and Shea McGee can be found on Dream Home Makeover, a home makeover show which premiered on Netflix in October. Danielle Harling, House Beautiful, ""Dream Home Makeover’s" Syd and Shea McGee Recall Struggling Before Design Fame," 14 Nov. 2020 Simply swapping out your rug for one in a fall palette of rich oranges, vibrant reds, or golden yellows will give your space an easy fall makeover. Alicia Chilton, Better Homes & Gardens, "9 No-Fail Ways to Add Fall Decor to Your Bathroom," 31 Aug. 2020 Want to live in a house that looks like the big final reveal on an HGTV home makeover show? Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "HGTV stars are selling their own Edina home, post makeover, for $1.25M," 21 Aug. 2020 After the past few months, your sweatpants probably need a bit of a makeover. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "The best Nordstrom sales this Cyber Monday," 30 Nov. 2020 What 2020 has shown us is that corporate diversity is in desperate need of a makeover. Fanta Traore, Fortune, "Black womxn are missing from corporate leadership. The problem begins with the pipeline," 11 Nov. 2020 The restaurant was closed for four months, according to owner Matt Buskard, to reconfigure the interior and give it a makeover. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Wyandotte gastropub reopens with new look, menu changes," 10 Nov. 2020

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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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8 Jan 2021

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“Makeover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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