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[meyk-uhp] /ˈmeɪkˌʌp/
facial cosmetics, as eye shadow or lipstick.
cosmetics used on other parts of the body, as to cover birthmarks.
the application of cosmetics.
the ensemble or effect created by such application:
Her makeup was subtle but very effective.
the total ensemble of cosmetics, wigs, costumes, etc., used by an actor or other performer.
the manner of being made up or put together; composition:
the makeup of a team; the makeup of a situation.
physical or mental constitution:
the makeup of a criminal.
the art, technique, or process of arranging or laying out, as pages in a publication.
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.
Printing. the arrangement of set type, cuts, etc., into columns or pages.
an examination, assignment, or the like, given to offset a student's previous absence or failure.
an amount owed; balance.
Origin of makeup
1805-15; noun use of verb phrase make up
Related forms
nonmakeup, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The challenge lies in the physical makeup of fish, which is more fragile than a hunk of meat.
  • She also ponders the makeup of dark matter, unseen particles that have shaped the growth of the entire cosmos.
  • Here layers of makeup and layers of costume in the merciless heat are the shackles.
  • While present migrations are changing the face of the future, past migrations have helped shape the present makeup of populations.
  • The genetic makeup of the human race is much more varied than previously believed, new research shows.
  • They slept under the stage and put on their makeup and costumes in a tiny area behind the stage.
  • Airplane air is dry and can exacerbate your makeup's drying-out effects on your skin.
  • Put a small amount of costume makeup on one arm about two days before dressing up.
  • One part is a normal definition of the answer, and the other is an additional hint about the answer's literal makeup.

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