Definition of makeup in English:

makeup

Syllabification: make·up
Pronunciation: /ˈmākˌəp
 
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noun

  • 2The composition or constitution of something: studying the makeup of ocean sediments
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    • The important and terrifying thing is what's happening inside the US, to the constitution and make-up of the country.
    • Geochemistry involves studying the chemical make-up of rocks, the chemistry of water or any geological material.
    • To the extent that the physical make-up of organisms provides heritable variation, it becomes a malleable clay that can be sculpted by selection.
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  • 2.1The combination of qualities that form a person’s temperament: a nastiness that had long been in his makeup
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    • Philosophy Like science is heavily influenced by the psychological make-up of the person doing the thinking.
    • The emotional and psychological make-up of a young person can often be forgotten in the rush for top points.
    • Of equal importance in experiential terms, however, was the psychological make-up of individuals as well as communities and cultures.
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  • 3 Printing The arrangement of type, illustrations, etc., on a printed page: page makeup
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    • Seamus started his own career as an apprentice compositor, during the days when all page make-up was in hot metal.
    • Then there was the excitement of starting to do our own page make-up, having bought a Compugraphic typesetting machine.
  • 4North American A supplementary test or assignment given to a student who missed or failed the original one: [as modifier]: Tony has a makeup exam
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    • A busy teacher of thirty students who allows three make-ups per student, however, is agreeing to ninety make-ups a year!
    • Some teachers save one Saturday a month for make-ups, and all lessons for the month may be made up only on that day.
    • Another teacher may say, ‘I have a firm makeup policy and my students all understand it, and I have no problems with make-ups.’

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