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English verb: make up

1. make up (stative) form or compose

SamplesThis money is my only income.
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.

Synonymsbe, comprise, constitute, represent

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)compose, constitute, fall into, fall under, form, make, make, pose, present, range, straddle, supplement

2. make up (creation) devise or compose

SamplesThis designer makes up our Spring collections.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)design

3. make up (possession) do or give something to somebody in return

SamplesDoes she pay you for the work you are doing?.

Synonymscompensate, pay, pay off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)settle

4. make up (social) make up work that was missed due to absence at a later point

SamplesI have to make up a French exam.
Can I catch up with the material or is it too late?.

Synonymscatch up with

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)recoup, recover, recuperate

5. make up (creation) make up something artificial or untrue

Synonymscook up, fabricate, invent, manufacture

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)concoct, dream up, hatch, think of, think up

Narrower (hyponym)concoct, confabulate, mythologise, mythologize, spin, trump up, vamp, vamp up

6. make up (change) put in order or neaten

SamplesMake the bed.
Make up a room.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)clean up, neaten, square away, straighten, straighten out, tidy, tidy up

Verb groupmake

7. make up (stative) adjust for

SamplesEngineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance.

Synonymscompensate, correct, counterbalance, even off, even out, even up

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize

Narrower (hyponym)carry, compensate, cover, overcompensate

8. make up (communication) come to terms

SamplesAfter some discussion we finally made up.

Synonymsconciliate, patch up, reconcile, settle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)agree, concord, concur, hold

Narrower (hyponym)appease, make peace, propitiate

9. make up (body) apply make-up or cosmetics to one's face to appear prettier

SamplesShe makes herself up every morning.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)groom, neaten

Narrower (hyponym)highlight, lipstick, powder, rouge

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