makeover

noun
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

verb
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

Parks Director Erik Barbieri said Wednesday at the groundbreaking for Chesley’s $622,000 makeover. Don Stacom, courant.com, "New Britain begins major upgrade of East Side park," 5 June 2019 Apparently the place is having a makeover, and there is no room at the inn. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s Royal Treatment," 4 June 2019 In the spirit of the reality competition’s challenges, meet and greet exhibitor booths had also been given extreme drag makeovers. Vogue, "The Best Street Style at RuPaul’s Los Angeles Dragcon," 28 May 2019 Interestingly, her onscreen sister Maisie Williams also revealed a post-Game of Thrones makeover earlier this week. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Got Long Blonde Bangs and Looks Almost Unrecognizable," 24 May 2019 Unlike the Marie Kondo method, which is a total home/life makeover project if done to the letter, proponents of lagom suggest taking things slowly, like tackling just one cupboard at a time. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "The 8 Best Lessons I Learned Living the Lagom Life," 31 Oct. 2018 Graduates from the School of Hire Education received makeovers from the Beauty Anatomy Institute, walked the red carpet and received certificates of completion as well as a superlative award. Krislyn Placide, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Graduation ceremony honors Arc Broward students," 21 June 2018 Alienware's m15 is just the latest to get the Biggest Loser makeover, while maintaining a decent amount of gaming cred. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Hands on with Alienware m15: The thinnest 15-inch Alienware laptop ever made," 4 Oct. 2018 The milkweed makeover began when researchers in Quebec transformed the plant's silky fibers into a high-end insulation material for winter clothing and advanced other commercial uses for it, like sound insulation and absorption for oil spills. Calvin Woodward, Fox News, "A makeover for milkweed, for the sake of butterflies," 31 July 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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The first known use of makeover was in 1546

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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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