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

School president Carol Folt’s decision to appoint Dave Roberts the interim athletic director over senior associate athletic director Steve Lopes was a clue the plan is for the athletic department to undergo a significant makeover. Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, "Column: ‘Damn noise’ about Clay Helton’s USC future blaring louder after loss to BYU," 14 Sep. 2019 Yet over the last six months, Lieberman has undergone a political makeover, turning his focus from security to religious freedom. NBC News, "Avigdor Lieberman emerges as unlikely kingmaker of Israeli politics," 13 Sep. 2019 Future Train Car Interior of the Week Amtrak’s high-speed Acela line—one of the oft-struggling national passenger railway’s more profitable lines—is currently undergoing a makeover. Wired, "A Tesla Security Bug, Levandowski Indicted, and More Car News," 1 Sep. 2019 The offense is undergoing a makeover with Quentin Harris replacing quarterback Daniel Jones, a first-round draft pick by the Giants, and the wide receivers are mostly new. Charles Hollis, al, "Oregon built SEC tough, but Auburn built on tough, nasty defense," 30 Aug. 2019 The prison’s visiting room is undergoing a makeover to allow contact visits and will now include toys and games. USA TODAY, "Record grapefruit, light rail win, Snake Road: News from around our 50 states," 29 Aug. 2019 In May 2019, the Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express underwent a makeover, adding select U.S. streaming services as a 6% cash-back category. Washington Post, "Why streaming services are the new credit card rewards binge," 22 Aug. 2019 The 42-year-old venue owned by the city of El Cajon underwent an extensive $8.2 million interior and exterior makeover the last few years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Cajon making plans for the opening of The Magnolia," 19 Aug. 2019 No position has undergone a bigger makeover than wide receiver, where only fifth-year senior Cedric Peterson has any substantial experience. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Heat, stress cranked up in Arizona Wildcats’ tough scrimmage," 4 Aug. 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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13 Oct 2019

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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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