From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmake up phrasal verb1form/be make up somethingCONSIST OF/BE MADE OFBE to combine together to form something syn constituteWomen make up only a small proportion of the prison population.be made up of somethingThe committee is made up of representatives from every state.GRAMMAR: Using the progressive• Make up is not used in the progressive in this meaning. You say: Oxygen makes up roughly 20% of the atmosphere.✗Don’t say: Oxygen is making up roughly 20% of the atmosphere.• However, the participle form making up is often used: Customers under 25 are important, making up a quarter of the total.2pretend something is true make something ↔ upINVENT to pretend that something is true in order to deceive someoneI think they’re making the whole thing up. →made-up(1)3invent make something ↔ up to produce a new story, song, game etc by thinkingNick made up a song about them.When you’re the boss you can make up your own rules.I’ve given talks so many times that now I just make them up as I go along (=think of things to say as I am speaking).4prepare make something ↔ upPREPARE to prepare something by mixing things or putting things togetherI could make up a bed for you on the sofa.Can you make up a bottle of milk for the baby?5somebody’s faceDCB make somebody ↔ up to put make-up (=special colouredsubstances) on someone’s face in order to make them look better or differentThey made him up as an old man for the last act of the play.One lucky winner will have the chance to be made up and photographed. ► Do not use the verb ‘make up’ when you are talking about putting make-up on your own face. Say that you put on (your) make-up. →made-up(2)6number/amount make something ↔ up especially British EnglishCOMPLETE to add to an amount in order to bring it up to the level that is neededI saved as much as I could, and my parents made up the rest.The company will be forced to pay $6 million to make up the difference.7time/work make something ↔ upEQUAL to work at times when you do not usually work, because you have not done as much work as you shouldI’m trying to make up the time I lost while I was sick.Is it OK if I make the work up next week?8friends (also make it up) informalFRIEND to become friendly with someone again after you have had an argument withHave you made up with Patty yet?Oh come on! Why don’t you just kiss and make up?9from cloth make something ↔ upDL to produce something from cloth by cutting and sewingThe dress had been made up to her exact requirements.make something ↔ up intoI plan on making that material up into a dress. → make up your mindat mind1(3) →make→ See Verb table
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make up• You don't have to tell him why, just make something up.• I'm glad to see you two have made up.• I gave her my name, then made up a telephone number with a Los Angeles area code.• The remainingbudget was made up by personal contributions-student loans!-from the team members.• It was along this thread of a path that Mary made up her mind to go.• "You're saying you think Bobby just made it up?" "I think he believes it, but I'm not sure it's true."• Ecosystems in the wild are made up of patches.• When my mother was in a good mood, she would make up songs about us.• For Halloween, the children made up stories about wolves and witches.• This contains the pattern of dots that, when printed on paper, will make up the actualcharacter.• If you haven't got enough to pay for that, I can make up the difference.• It is these that make up the matter we see today and out of which we ourselves are made.• We need two more players to make up the team.• Have you made it up with your sister yet?• That's a good riddle. Did you make it up yourself?be made up of something• The Certificateis made up of a range of foundationunits with specialist options.• Explanation White light is made up of all the colors you can see in a rainbow.• And each microbewas made up ofatoms and molecules.• Brand A is made up of four packs each containing a full day's food.• Our company of friends is made up of two different groups.• Because managementis made up of virtually constantnegotiation and adjustment it can only flourish in the context of other people.make up the difference• Alternatively, why not turn to male school leavers to make up the difference?• Both say they would cut government programs to make up the difference.• But as oilreservesdwindled over the past decade, local school property taxes doubled to help make up the difference.• But Barry and Dehere made up the difference.• Equityinvestors have made up the difference.• This meant that state pensions would be reduced, but the privatescheme must then guarantee to at least make up the difference.• Where they are disadvantaged, women make up the difference.• The University of Maryland System could provide that, but Maryland taxpayers should not make up the difference; federal taxpayers should.kiss and make up• I think they just fight because they like to kiss and make up.• Want to show a husband and wife having a fight, then kissing and making up?• We wouldn't kiss and make up later.• Until, of course, Coleman returned the next day for practice and kissed and made up with his coach and teammates.make into• On the contrary, it made him blaze up into action.
ldoce_213_emake-upˈmake-up, makeup /ˈmeɪkʌp/ ●●○ noun1for your face [uncountable]DCBAPT coloured substances that are put on your face to improve or change your appearanceI don’t usually wear much make-up. → make upat make12people in a group [singular]GROUP OF PEOPLEGROUP OF THINGS the make-up of a group or team is the combination of people that are in itmake-up ofWe should change the make-up of the team.3 →somebody’s make-up4test [countable] (also make-up test) American EnglishSES a test that you take in school when you were not able to take a previous testCOLLOCATIONSverbswear make-upThey’re not allowed to wear make-up to school.have make-up on (=be wearing make-up)She had no make-up on.use make-upShe rarely uses make-up.put on make-up (also apply make-up formal)Gloria watched her mother put on her make-up.do your make-up (=put on make-up)I’ll do your make-up for you, if you want.take off make-up (also remove make-up formal)Take off eye make-up gently, using a cotton ball.touch up/fix your make-up (=put a little more make-up on after some has come off)She went into the bathroom to touch up her makeup.smudge your make-up (=accidentally rub it so that it spreads to areas where you do not want it)Grace wiped her eyes, smudging her make-up.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + make-upheavy make-up (=a lot of make-up)a girl in high heels and heavy make-upeye make-upShe was wearing far too much eye make-up.stage make-up (=make-up that actors wear in plays)the elaborate stage make-up for ‘The Lion King’pancake make-up (=very thick make-up worn by actors)His face was covered by thick pancake makeup.make-up + NOUNa make-up artist (=someone whose job is to put make-up on actors, people appearing on television etc)the chief make-up artist on the filmTHESAURUSmake-up coloured substances that are put on your face to improve or change your appearanceI don’t usually wear much make-up.cosmeticscreams, powders etc that you use on your face and body in order to look more attractivea range of cosmetics and toiletrieslipstick a substance you use for adding colour to your lips, in the shape of a small stickShe was wearing bright red lipstick.eyeshadow coloured cream or powder that you put on your eyelidseyeliner something you use for adding a line of colour at the edges of your eyelids to make your eyes look bigger or more noticeablemascara a dark substance you use to colour your eyelashes and make them look thickerblusher (also blush American English, rouge old-fashioned)red or pink cream or powder used for making your cheeks look slightly more pinkfoundation a cream the same colour as your skin that you put on your face before the rest of your make-up