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made-up Syllabification: made-up

Definition of made-up in English:


1Wearing makeup: her immaculately made-up face
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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.
wearing makeup
informal dolled up, decked out
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.
invented, fabricated, trumped up, concocted, fictitious, fictional, false, untrue, specious, spurious, bogus, apocryphal, imaginary, mythical

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