Definition of Makeover by Merriam-Webster

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Definition of makeover

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an act or instance of making over a makeover of the tax system especially : a changing of a person’s appearance (as by the use of cosmetics or a different hairdo)

made over; making over; makes over

Definition of make over (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of makeover in a Sentence

Noun The actress had a complete makeover to turn her into a glamorous star. They gave their advertising a total makeover to improve their corporate image. Verb the old factory was completely made over and is now an upscale shopping center made the deed over to his daughter

See More Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The announcement comes after the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation filed a federal lawsuit in September seeking to halt the $450 million makeover of the sacred shrine on track to be completed by 2024. — USA TODAY, “Purple potatoes, suffragette mountain, pig your pardon?: News from around our 50 states,” 17 Dec. 2019 The makeover may include paring the number of the TSE’s markets, guideline on market capitalization requirements, and what the benchmark index will include. — Washington Post, “How Japan Wants to Streamline Tokyo Stock Exchange,” 6 Dec. 2019 The hair makeover comes courtesy of stylist Robert Vetica, who posted an amazing snapshot of the singer on Instagram. — Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, “Gwen Stefani Just Debuted a Bob and Bangs,” 20 Nov. 2019 Designed by City Architecture of Cleveland, the makeover softened the harsh architecture of the original 1960s structure, creating a strong connection to the surrounding Central neighborhood. — Steven Litt, cleveland, “Euclid Lakefront Trail, Tri-C Metro Campus revamp among winners of 2019 Vibrant NEO awards,” 14 Nov. 2019 Fortunately, this isn’t the first rodeo for Marlins VP of operations and events Claude Delorme and director of grounds Chad Mulholland — the two men overseeing the field makeover. — Wells Dusenbury,, “Here’s how Marlins Park will be transformed into a football stadium for the Miami-FIU game,” 13 Nov. 2019 Not everyone in France is convinced by the Marie Antoinette makeover. — Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times, “France reconsiders Marie Antoinette: The cake-eating tyrant is now an ‘emancipated woman’,” 15 Oct. 2019 The Modern has spent $450 million during the current makeover to add another 47,000 square feet of gallery space. — Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, “With a $450 Million Expansion, MoMA Is Bigger. Is That Better?,” 9 Oct. 2019 The modernization was completed just before the start of classes on Sept. 3 and the community celebrated the makeover with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. — San Diego Union-Tribune, “Sunnyside Elementary in Bonita gets $17.9 million makeover,” 30 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of makeover


1925, in the meaning defined above


1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Makeover.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of makeover

: the act or process of making changes to improve the appearance or effectiveness of someone or something

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