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make·​over ˈmāk-ˌō-vər How to pronounce makeover (audio)
plural makeovers
: 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 hairstyle)
The contest winner gets a professional makeover and photoshoot.

make over

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made over; making over; makes over

transitive verb

: to transfer the title of (property)
: remake, remodel, redesign
made the whole house over

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
Recent Examples on the Web
The project involved a cosmetic makeover to turn the room into a nursery for Cassie’s baby boy Jameson, who was on the way at the time. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 7 Sep. 2023 Use our examples to inspire your bathroom makeover. Maria Sabella, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Sep. 2023 For now, even those who opposed ACC expansion are embracing the coast-to-coast conference makeover. Iliana Limón Romero, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2023 Doja Cat’s new album, Scarlet, is already getting a makeover. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 31 Aug. 2023 Related: The Best Times to Visit Disneyland for Fewer Crowds, Gorgeous Weather, and Lower Prices Disneyland Halloween Decorations Seemingly overnight, Disneyland’s two theme parks — Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park — receive seasonal makeovers. Carly Caramanna, Travel + Leisure, 28 Aug. 2023 But by far, the biggest draw to the area is Edgewater Park, which was acquired from the state park system by the Cleveland Metroparks in 2013 and underwent a major makeover. Megan Sims, cleveland, 27 Aug. 2023 Reopened in May after a stunning makeover, the 11-room Norumbega Inn is now open year-round. Pamela Wright,, 25 Aug. 2023 The 41-year-old Far North Dallas shopping center announced Tuesday that its tree, billed as one of the nation’s tallest, will get a makeover with additional branches and more LED lighting. Tommy Cummings, Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2023
Three major redesigns have been made over the years, one in the 1930s, a second in the 1950s and the last in the 1970s, Neufeld’s research shows. Mike Danahey, Chicago Tribune, 15 Sep. 2023 So far, Walmart has already made over 10,000 deliveries across seven states via its partners, DroneUp, Flytrex, and Zipline. Sheena Vasani, The Verge, 6 Sep. 2023 In the early years of the Soviet Union, Wagner was made over as an exemplary proletarian artist. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 2 Sep. 2023 From face masks to dress up, these celebrity dads are big fans of getting made over by their little ones As these celebrity dads have found out, one of the benefits of having daughters is living with your own in-home glam squad. Andrea Wurzburger, Peoplemag, 24 Aug. 2023 Tyler Tarver, a former high school principal who now teaches educators about tech tool strategies, said he’s made over 50 speeches at schools and conferences across Texas, Arkansas and Illinois over the past few months. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 19 Aug. 2023 The Blind Side made over $300 million at the box office and went on to earn a nomination for best picture at the 2010 Academy Awards, with Bullock taking home the best actress prize. Andrea Mandell, Peoplemag, 16 Aug. 2023 Washington State, which ranks seventh on the list with a net gain of 464, has the highest proportion of young high earners; more than 13% of state residents making over $200,000 are ages 26 to 35. Jane Thier, Fortune, 24 Aug. 2023 The lawsuit lists this tweet as just one of a few public discriminatory statements that SpaceX’s CEO has made over the years. Edith Olmsted, The New Republic, 24 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1888, in the meaning defined above


1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of makeover was in 1546

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Cite this Entry

“Makeover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

make over

: to transfer the title of
made the estate over to his sister
: remake, remodel
made the whole house over

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