makeover

noun
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)

make over

verb

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

Celebrities, reality stars, TV hosts, and influencers stopped by for last-minute blowouts, touch-ups, and full-on makeovers. Alexandra Engler, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Got My Hair Colored Like Jennifer Aniston At An Invite-Only Hollywood Salon," 29 Aug. 2018 And today, on the movie musical's 40th anniversary, there's no better time to revisit Hollywood's most notorious on-screen makeovers - while perhaps contemplating your own. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "14 Iconic Movie Makeovers That Make the Case for a Bold New Look," 15 June 2018 Kim, in a gesture of reconciliation, offered to send athletes to the Winter Olympics in South Korea — the first act in a public relations makeover for the young dictator, who only a few months later invited Trump to meet with him. Mark Landler, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump, Kim Jong Un sign a joint declaration at summit," 11 June 2018 Monet's overall presentation was much stronger, from chemistry to makeover. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 recap: Click 'like' on these social media makeovers," 24 May 2018 Like the restaurant, the project is a family affair, with another daughter, Shannon Seth, and Pam Buckley's sister, Dede Speich, collaborating in the makeover. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Citing downtown 'renaissance,' Buckley's Restaurant expanding," 8 May 2018 The ride experiences are all the more remarkable considering the sad state of the coasters prior to RMC’s makeovers. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Cedar Point: New Steel Vengeance coaster smooths out a Mean Streak," 4 May 2018 Treat the lady in your life to a relaxing facial or hair makeover at Beauty of Xanadu Salon and Spa, both in Hollywood. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Free fun at 45 hotspots with Sunny.org's 2-for-1 Summer Offers," 27 Apr. 2018 The work featured ranges from kitchen remodels and additions to whole house makeovers. Detroit Free Press, "Demolition in June to make way for Gilbert's Monroe Block project," 31 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of makeover

Noun

1925, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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makeover

noun

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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