mess up

Definition of mess up

informal
:to make a mistake :to do something incorrectly
  • About halfway into the recipe, I realized that I had messed up, and I had to start over.
often + on
  • She's afraid she'll mess up on the test.
  • I messed up on my first attempt.

Word by Word Definitions

mess play
  1. : a quantity of food:

  2. : food set on a table at one time

  3. : a prepared dish of soft food

  1. : to provide with meals at a mess

  2. : to make dirty or untidy : disarrange

  3. : to mix up : bungle

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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