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makeup

[meyk-uhp] /ˈmeɪkˌʌp/
noun
1.
facial cosmetics, as eye shadow or lipstick.
2.
cosmetics used on other parts of the body, as to cover birthmarks.
3.
the application of cosmetics.
4.
the ensemble or effect created by such application:
Her makeup was subtle but very effective.
5.
the total ensemble of cosmetics, wigs, costumes, etc., used by an actor or other performer.
6.
the manner of being made up or put together; composition:
the makeup of a team; the makeup of a situation.
7.
physical or mental constitution:
the makeup of a criminal.
8.
the art, technique, or process of arranging or laying out, as pages in a publication.
9.
the appearance of a page, book, newspaper, or the like, resulting from the arrangement and the variation in size and style of the printed elements:
The makeup would be helped by a picture in this corner.
10.
Printing. the arrangement of set type, cuts, etc., into columns or pages.
11.
an examination, assignment, or the like, given to offset a student's previous absence or failure.
12.
an amount owed; balance.
Also, make-up.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; noun use of verb phrase make up
Related forms
nonmakeup, adjective
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  • Most of them don't have make-up artists, so they do their own make-up, and they come up with this color coordination.
  • If the make-up consultant looks to be overly made up, choose someone else.
  • So their isotopic make-up is a direct reflection of the conditions that existed inside the gas cloud as it condensed.
British Dictionary definitions for make-up

make-up

noun
1.
cosmetics, such as powder, lipstick, etc, applied to the face to improve its appearance
2.
  1. the cosmetics, false hair, etc, used by an actor to highlight his features or adapt his appearance
  2. the art or result of applying such cosmetics
3.
the manner of arrangement of the parts or qualities of someone or something
4.
the arrangement of type matter and illustrations on a page or in a book
5.
mental or physical constitution
verb (adverb)
6.
(transitive) to form or constitute: these arguments make up the case for the defence
7.
(transitive) to devise, construct, or compose, sometimes with the intent to deceive: to make up a song, to make up an excuse
8.
(transitive) to supply what is lacking or deficient in; complete: these extra people will make up our total
9.
(transitive) to put in order, arrange, or prepare: to make up a bed
10.
(intransitive) foll by for. to compensate or atone (for): his kindness now makes up for his rudeness yesterday
11.
to settle (differences) amicably (often in the phrase make it up)
12.
to apply cosmetics to (the face) to enhance one's appearance or so as to alter the appearance for a theatrical role
13.
to assemble (type and illustrations) into (columns or pages)
14.
(transitive) to surface (a road) with asphalt, concrete, etc
15.
(transitive)
  1. to set in order and balance (accounts)
  2. to draw up (accounting statements)
16.
make up one's mind, to decide (about something or to do something): he made up his mind to take vengeance
17.
(informal) make up to
  1. to make friendly overtures to
  2. to flirt with
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Word Origin and History for make-up
n.

also makeup, "manner in which something is put together," 1821, from make (v.) + up. Cosmetics sense is from 1886; verbal phrase make up "to apply cosmetics" is from 1808.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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