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


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

Beginning in 2019, select CVS stores will undergo a major makeover in their cosmetics department, including the debut of a place to try on makeup and in-store beauty services. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "CVS Announced a Partnership with Glamsquad That Will Bring Major Changes to Its Beauty Department," 27 Aug. 2018 Renovating in stages The project, which was the biggest in Phoenician history and one of the biggest luxury-resort makeovers in the past two years according to Vinciguerra, was done in stages. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Check out the Phoenician resort's fresh look: New spa, golf course, lobby," 11 July 2018 In just two weeks’ time, Bar Angeles closed and the team began the process of giving the space a quick makeover in anticipation of a June 13 opening. Jean Trinh, Los Angeles Magazine, "What to Expect at Ma’am Sir, Silver Lake’s Newest Filipino Restaurant and Bar," 31 May 2018 Here's a look at the five biggest Marvel makeovers in Infinity War, ranked from best to worst. 1. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Marvel makeover: Ranking the new Avengers hair in 'Infinity War'," 4 May 2018 Wrigley Field appears to get a speedy makeover in a time-lapse video released Monday by EarthCam. Phil Thompson,, "Wrigley Field construction captured in time-lapse images," 16 Apr. 2018 His form has inevitably led to speculation over a move to the Spanish capital, with Florentino Perez eyeing a summer makeover in attack., "Spanish Football Expert Claims Real Madrid Will Prioritise Signing Eden Hazard Over Mohamed Salah," 27 Mar. 2018 Nothing compared to the abrupt roster makeover in Cleveland. Ailene Voisin, sacbee, "A stunner for Kings, but no splash. Fox, youth must go full speed for moves to pay off," 8 Feb. 2018 Additionally, its corresponding online store where people can buy digital books will be refreshed to look like Apple’s online App Store, which got a makeover in June, the report said. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Apple Reportedly Revamping its iBooks Digital Reading App," 25 Jan. 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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