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

Mayor John Cranley vetoed parking plans in 2015 and 2016, saying parking should be available equally to all city residents because every neighborhood helped pay for the streetcar and Washington Park's makeover. Sharon Coolidge,, "Cincinnati unveils long-awaited OTR residential parking plan. Only thing missing? The cost.," 13 July 2018 At the ceremony, Puma and Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy said the company and city have informally discussed a makeover for that plaza as well. David Lyons,, "Dania Pointe to offer 600 apartments starting at $1,600 a month, as well as bowling, movies," 13 July 2018 Kaufman believes that Wisconsin’s extreme makeover portends something scary for the rest of us. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "How Conservatives Bet Big on Wisconsin and Won," 11 July 2018 Some of your favorite rides are getting Halloween makeovers for the season. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "How To Have The Most Spooktacular Halloween At Disney World," 11 July 2018 McConnell calls his role in the judiciary's makeover his proudest legacy. Noah Bierman,, "Trump's court appointments have been the smoothest part of his presidency — because he's had some help," 3 July 2018 Here's how to preserve those fresh fruits and veggies Hospital food gets a farm-to-fork makeover from UC Davis Medical Center's new chef Seriously? Gabby Ferreira, sacbee, "Google Doodle showed recipes for all 50 states. ‘You done messed up,’ says Internet," 3 July 2018 Roark is the second Nationals player to get a facial hair makeover. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Nationals pitcher dramatically shaves facial hair, time travels back to 1970s," 29 June 2018 Photo: Akos Stiller for The Wall Street Journal Budapest VIII Gritty Gone Trendy Once the wrong side of the tracks, VIII is in full-blown makeover mode, home to young creatives and energetic expats. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "The Best of Budapest: A Guide for Strategic Travelers," 27 June 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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