Definition of

Make Up

  1. (verb, stative) form or compose
    The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance
    These constitute my entire belonging
    The children made up the chorus
    This sum represents my entire income for a year
    These few men comprise his entire army
  2. (verb, creation) devise or compose
  3. (verb, possession) do or give something to somebody in return
  4. (verb, social) make up work that was missed due to absence at a later point
    Can I catch up with the material or is it too late?
  5. (verb, creation) make up something artificial or untrue
  6. (verb, change) put in order or neaten
    make up a room
  7. (verb, stative) adjust for
  8. (verb, communication) come to terms
  9. (verb, body) apply make-up or cosmetics to one's face to appear prettier

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Make Up

  1. "end a quarrel, reconcile," 1660s, from make + up. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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