(third-person singular simple present makes up, present participle making up, simple past and past participle made up)
- To constitute; to compose; to form.
- To compensate, fill in or catch up.
- He can make up the time next week.
- I plan to make up for my failed midterm.
- Cuba took limited free market-oriented measures to alleviate severe shortages of food, consumer goods, and services to make up for the ending of Soviet subsidies.
- To invent, imagine, or concoct (a story, claim, etc.).
- He was a great storyteller and could make up a story on the spot.
- (cooking) To assemble, or mix.
- I can make up a batch of stew in a few minutes, but it will take a two hours to cook.
- To apply cosmetics or makeup.
- Let's leave as soon I make up my face.
- (intransitive) To resolve, forgive or smooth over an argument or fight.
- They fight a lot, but they always manage to make up.
- To overcome a disadvantage.
- The object in all transitive senses can come before or after the particle. If it is a pronoun, then it must come before the particle.
- Alternative spelling of makeup. See usage notes there.