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

Washington County officials have approved plans for a major makeover at Lake Elmo Regional Park Reserve that will improve conditions for campers and Eagle Point Trail users. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Trail upgrade, RV campground update on deck at Lake Elmo Regional Park Reserve," 26 Aug. 2019 The darling three-bedroom, one bathroom cottage at 926 Rosedale Drive seems ripe for a Joanna Gaines-style makeover. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "You Can Buy One of Farah Fawcett's Childhood Homes in Corpus Christi for $129,500," 19 Aug. 2019 At the end of May, he was shipped to Albuquerque for a Triple-A makeover. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ Kyle Freeland taking small steps forward on comeback path," 15 Aug. 2019 Among the treasured father-child activities in family life, appearing on MTV for a drag-queen makeover isn’t high on most people’s lists. John Wenzel, The Know, "Watch: MTV’s “Drag My Dad” brings Colorado Springs father and son closer together," 18 July 2019 San Pedro isn’t the only midtown thoroughfare targeted for a potential makeover. Joshua Fechter,, "City Council could vote to drastically reshape areas near downtown San Antonio," 4 June 2019 But there's still something a little strange about the concept of going to CVS for a mini makeover. Marci Robin, Allure, "I Got a Blowout at CVS — Here’s How My Hair Turned Out," 30 May 2019 Getty Images Getty Images Celebrity hairstylist Renato Campora is the one responsible for this makeover. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra Debuted Super-Long Hair at the 2019 BBMAs," 2 May 2019 The new series will feature couples who are settled in their houses but need the brothers' expertise for a complete makeover. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "PSA: The Property Brothers Have Another Show Coming to HGTV," 19 Feb. 2019

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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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