Definition of made-up in English:

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Pronunciation: /meɪdˈʌp/


1Wearing make-up: a heavily made-up woman
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  • While you may feel like it would be a crime against society to leave home without a fully made-up face, makeup and working out mix like oil and water.
  • Unlike the rest of us, who looked very overly made-up in our stage makeup, she looked natural.
  • According to this overly made-up woman, the least bit of makeup on us (as well as giving us cancer, in her opinion) made us harlots.
painted, done up, powdered, rouged
2Invented; not true: a made-up story
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  • Fred plays an international con man, looking for easy prey in ‘Patria,’ a made-up country in South America that bears a suspicious resemblance to the Swiss Alps.
  • Ron is all faux pretense and made-up mischievousness.
  • The characters are too made-up and comfortingly false.
3(Of a meal or drink) prepared in advance of sale: profitability calls for selling made-up products like filled rolls
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  • We got home bearing made-up sandwiches for lunch and it wasn't long before I was putting my head down on my pillow for a well-earned doze.
  • Take made up lunches to work - don't buy.
4(Of a road) surfaced with a material such as asphalt.
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  • It was evening and I had reached the end of the made-up road, so there was no question but that I should stop before tackling the rough tracks in daylight.
  • The race will stick to made-up roads and MAFF has given permission for it to go ahead despite the foot and mouth crisis.

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