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The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.
Dale Carnegie
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English

Verb

Infinitive
to make up

Third person singular
makes up

Simple past
made up

Past participle
made up

Present participle
making up

to make up (third-person singular simple present makes up, present participle making up, simple past and past participle made up)
  1. (transitive) to compensate, fill in or catch up
    He can make up the time next week.
    I plan to make up for my failed midterm.
  2. (transitive) to invent, imagine, or concoct (a story, claim, etc.)
    He was a great storyteller and could make up a story on the spot.
  3. (transitive) to assemble, or mix
    I can make up a batch of stew in a few minutes, but it will take a two hours to cook.
  4. (transitive) to apply cosmetics or makeup
    Let's leave as soon I make up my face.
  5. (intransitive) to resolve, forgive or smooth over an argument or fight
    They fight a lot, but they always manage to make up.

Usage notes

  • The object in all transitive senses can come before or after the particle. If it is a pronoun, then it MUST come before the particle.

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