make up

make up
to put on makeup. •

I have to go make up before Joe comes to pick me up.

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{v.} (stress on "up") 1. To make by putting things or parts together. * /A car is made up of many different parts./ 2. To invent; think and say something that is new or not true. * /Jean makes up stories to amuse her little brother./ 3a. To do or provide (something lacking or needed); do or supply (something not done, lost, or missed); get back; regain; give back; repay. * /I have to make up the test I missed last week./ * /I want to go to bed early to make up the sleep I lost last night./ * /We have to drive fast to make up the hour we lost in Boston./ * /Vitamin pills make up what you lack in your diet./ * /The toy cost a dollar and Ted only had fifty cents, so Father made up the difference./ - Often used in the phrase "make it up to". * /Uncle Fred forgot my birthday present but he made it up to me by taking me to the circus./ * /Mrs. Rich spent so much time away from her children that she tried to make it up to them by giving them things./ Compare: MAKE GOOD. 3b. To do what is lacking or needed; do or give what should be done or given; get or give back what has been lost, missed, or not done; get or give instead; pay back. - Used with "for". * /We made up for lost time by taking an airplane instead of a train./ * /Saying you are sorry won't make up for the damage of breaking the window./ * /Mary had to make up for the time she missed in school when she was sick, by studying very hard./ * /The beautiful view at the top of the mountain makes up for the hard climb to get there./ 4. To put on lipstick and face paint powder. * /Clowns always make up before a circus show./ * /Tom watched his sister make up her face for her date./ 5. To become friends again after a quarrel. * /Mary and Joan quarreled, but made up after a while./ Compare: BURY THE HATCHET. 6. To try to make friends with someone; to win favor. - Followed by "to". * /The new boy made up to the teacher by sharpening her pencils./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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