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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

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 James Middleton just gave himself a quarantine makeover! Stephanie Petit,, "James Middleton Just Showed Off a Major Makeover: See the Dramatic Before and After!," 11 May 2020 This is the downtime for creative minds to give baseball an imaginative makeover. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Better baseball on TV: What MLB can learn from ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Millionaire’," 4 May 2020 Give your home a makeover by repainting the front door. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, "8 Fresh Front Door Colors to Brighten Up Your Home," 25 Apr. 2020 This was just days after it had been revealed that Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate for vice president, had been given a costly wardrobe makeover. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "J. Crew Files for Bankruptcy in Virus’s First Big Retail Casualty," 11 Apr. 2020 While cutting your hair at home isn't necessarily easy at-home, these A-listers have all found ways to give themselves (or their partners) makeovers. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "All the Dramatic Celebrity Hair Changes That Have Happened During Quarantining," 9 Apr. 2020 On the defensive side, the Browns gave their safety position a complete makeover. Tyler Dragon,, "AFC North free agency grades: What grade did the Cincinnati Bengals earn?," 1 Apr. 2020 The two – both icons in their own right – teamed up to give Adam's TikTok character Rosa a makeover. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "James Charles Did Adam Ray Okay AKA Rosa's Makeup and the Video is Pure Gold," 25 Mar. 2020 Much of Russia’s naval fleet is antiquated and the deployment of Zircon on these older ships, much like Irkutsk, will give them a considerable makeover in terms of offensive weapons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Just Tested Its Hypersonic Anti-Ship Missile," 1 Mar. 2020

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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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25 May 2020

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“Makeover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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