makeup

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noun

make·​up ˈmāk-ˌəp How to pronounce makeup (audio)
variants or less commonly make-up
plural makeups also make-ups
1
a
: the way in which the parts or ingredients of something are put together : composition
the ethnic makeup of the neighborhood
b
: physical, mental, and moral constitution
His daring attitude toward risks is a major part of his makeup.
2
a
: the operation of making up especially pages for printing
b
: design or layout of printed matter
3
a(1)
: cosmetics (such as lipstick, mascara, and eye shadow) used to color and beautify the face
(2)
: a cosmetic applied to other parts of the body
leg makeup for a tanned appearance
b
: materials (such as wigs and cosmetics) used in making up or in special costuming (as for a play)
4
: replacement
specifically : material added (as in a manufacturing process) to replace material that has been used up
makeup water
5
: something that makes up for a previous postponement, omission, failure, or deficiency
a makeup exam

make up

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verb

made up; making up; makes up

transitive verb

1
a
: to form by fitting together or assembling
make up a train of cars
b
: to arrange typeset matter in (columns or pages) for printing
2
a
: to combine to produce (a sum or whole)
b
: constitute, compose
10 chapters make up this volume
3
a
: to compensate for (something, such as a deficiency or omission)
make up the difference in lost pay
b
: to do or take in order to correct an omission
make up a history exam
4
: settle, decide
made up my mind to depart
5
: to wrap or fasten up
make the books up into a parcel
6
a
: to prepare in physical appearance for a role
b
: to apply cosmetics to
7
a
: invent, improvise
make up a story
b
: to set in order
rooms are made up daily

intransitive verb

1
: to become reconciled
quarreled but later made up
2
a
: to act ingratiatingly and flatteringly
made up to his aunt for a new bicycle
b
: to make advances : court
3
: compensate
make up for lost time
4
a
: to put on costumes or makeup (as for a play)
b
: to apply cosmetics

Examples of makeup in a Sentence

Noun His daring attitude toward risks is a major part of his makeup. She put on some makeup before the party. She applied her makeup lightly. She's too young to wear makeup. put on makeup for a play I didn't recognize him when he was in his theatrical makeup. Verb the book is made up of 20 chapters she keeps making up excuses as to why she hasn't yet finished the project See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Take the makeup pouch purportedly offered by Chanel Beauty as a thank you to certain customers that was pictured on one of the brand’s makeup counters. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 21 Feb. 2024 The brows anchored a soft pink and peach makeup look similar to the pastel pink outfit, with peachy blush on the apples of her cheeks, a hint of baby pink on her eyes, and a slick of pale pink gloss. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 21 Feb. 2024 This is another favorite of Glamour’s Calle, who likes to use it as a makeup primer. Brigitt Earley, Glamour, 21 Feb. 2024 The characters in it—which, of course, are all Sherman in disguise—are women in their senescence, a state Sherman exaggerates to cartoonish effect, using pancaked makeup and Cubistic digital-collage techniques that can make the faces of her imaginary subjects puffy, pinched, and simply strange. Chris Wiley, The New Yorker, 20 Feb. 2024 Astronomers had just begun using prisms to investigate spectroscopy, splitting the sun's light into its component colors to study the star's chemical makeup. Rebecca Boyle, Scientific American, 20 Feb. 2024 As Election Day nears, CNN analyzed the electorate makeup and what could be driving the voting decisions of young Indonesians, including jobs, climate change and pollution as well as high phone and social media usage. Rachel Wilson, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024 For the makeup, Romero Jennings, MAC’s Director of Makeup Artistry, was inspired by dark romance. Valerie Butler, Essence, 10 Feb. 2024 Per the Cleveland Clinic, inflammatory acne is caused when your pores or hair follicles get clogged with sebum (natural oils), dead skin cells, excess oils, product buildup from makeup, etc. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024
Verb
Small and medium-sized manufacturers, which make up more than 90 percent of the nation’s manufacturing companies and are often partners with 2-year colleges for job training. Shalin Jyotishi, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Located on the beach, this hotel was one of the most beautiful in Gaza, made up of 22 rooms. Jem Aswad, Variety, 23 Feb. 2024 Um, okay … the great Scottish actor Alan Cumming is the host, in a wardrobe made up entirely of fabulous cloaks and cocked fedoras. Jada Yuan, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2024 Black people make up nearly 30% of the state’s population while New Hampshire is nearly 93% white. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 According to Vivid Seats’ latest data, Inter Miami makes up 19 of the top 20 most in-demand MLS games this season. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 For one year, a volunteer crew made up of four people will live and work inside Mars Dune Alpha at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 21 Feb. 2024 The country also fell into a technical recession, with its economy contracting for a second straight quarter in October-December, as consumers scrimped to make up for higher prices. Yuri Kageyama, Quartz, 21 Feb. 2024 Premiums were about the same for 2012, though the terrorism insurance premiums decreased, and this was made up for by an increase in the premiums for a loss of business income policy. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of makeup was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Makeup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/makeup. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

makeup

1 of 2 noun
make·​up ˈmā-ˌkəp How to pronounce makeup (audio)
1
: the way the parts or elements of something are put together : composition
the makeup of a newspaper
2
a
: any of various cosmetics (as lipstick or powder)
b
: materials (as wigs or cosmetics) used in making up
put on makeup for a play
too young to wear makeup

make up

2 of 2 verb
(ˈ)mā-ˈkəp
1
: to form by fitting together or assembling
make up a suit
make up a train
2
: compose sense 1b
chapters make up a book
3
: to make good for something lacking or for a loss or injury
4
: decide sense 3, settle
made up my mind to go
5
a
: to create from the imagination : invent
make up a story
b
: to set in order
rooms are made up daily
6
: to become friendly again
they fought and made up
7
a
: to put on costumes or makeup (as for a play)
made up as a clown
b
: to apply cosmetics to

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