make up

[make up] {v.} (stress on "up") 1. To make by putting things orparts together.

A car is made up of many different parts.

2. Toinvent; think and say something that is new or not true.

Jean makesup stories to amuse her little brother.

3a. To do or provide(something lacking or needed); do or supply (something not done, lost,or missed); get back; regain; give back; repay.

I have to make upthe test I missed last week.

I want to go to bed early to make upthe sleep I lost last night.

We have to drive fast to make up thehour we lost in Boston.

Vitamin pills make up what you lack inyour diet.

The toy cost a dollar and Ted only had fifty cents, soFather made up the difference.

- Often used in the phrase "make it upto".

Uncle Fred forgot my birthday present but he made it up to meby taking me to the circus.

Mrs. Rich spent so much time away fromher children that she tried to make it up to them by giving themthings.

Compare: MAKE GOOD. 3b. To do what is lacking or needed; door give what should be done or given; get or give back what has beenlost, missed, or not done; get or give instead; pay back. - Used with"for".

We made up for lost time by taking an airplane instead of atrain.

Saying you are sorry won't make up for the damage ofbreaking the window.

Mary had to make up for the time she missedin school when she was sick, by studying very hard.

The beautifulview at the top of the mountain makes up for the hard climb to getthere.

4. To put on lipstick and face paint powder.

Clowns alwaysmake up before a circus show.

Tom watched his sister make up herface for her date.

5. To become friends again after a quarrel.

Mary and Joan quarreled, but made up after a while.

Compare: BURYTHE HATCHET. 6. To try to make friends with someone; to win favor. -Followed by "to".

The new boy made up to the teacher by sharpeningher pencils.