Definition of made-up in English:



  • 1Wearing make-up.

    ‘a heavily made-up woman’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She is a heavily made-up head, bearing the mythic black hair and pure white skin of Disney's Snow White but with blue eye shadow and a smile painted on with lipstick.’
    • ‘Susan Polgar was perfumed, coiffed, made-up and dressed in a sleek black pantsuit, an elegant contrast to the boys and young men hunched over their boards in her Queens, New York, chess club.’
    • ‘Every nightclub scene is the same: heavily made-up women on the arms of puffy, gin blossomed men, bloodshot eyes starring at the featured act while nicotine stained fingers fiddle with a martini glass.’
    • ‘By the time I arrived, locals were being herded in for the late shift - among them dozens of fierce, heavily made-up women who were not shy about jumping onstage and bra-flashing the crowd.’
    • ‘Her face is overly made-up, thick paints covering deep lines.’
    • ‘She emerged from the bathroom all made-up with lipstick, rouge and mascara, clad in a black summer dress with flowers on it, so tiny they looked like spots.’
    • ‘Alma flopped down on the bed and closed her eyes, the made-up lashes stuck out like thorns against her cheeks, ‘I'm in trouble.’’
    • ‘The sophomore continued to cry, and her blue mascara ran down her made-up face as she brokenly and unabashedly sobbed out her story to her friends.’
    • ‘His face's painted and he's all made-up, looking, in fact, exactly how a pop star should.’
    painted, done up, powdered, rouged
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  • 2Invented; not true.

    ‘a made-up story’
    • ‘But did Meadow's account of these cases prove the existence of a syndrome - or twist the facts into a made-up illness, one that prosecutors have been only too eager to exploit?’
    • ‘Nicola recognized, with the way Michael was gesturing, that it was one of his hilarious, usually made-up stories.’
    • ‘The Minister's first reaction was to say it was wrong - it was a made-up story.’
    • ‘Apparently, Ricky's made-up rumor turned out to be true.’
    • ‘I eventually got the cell phone by going back to the first company and giving a different name (my wife's), a different credit card, and a made-up passport number.’
    • ‘Besides being a routine time travel episode, it's also a ‘technobabble’ episode, relying on made-up science and gadgetry to move the plot achingly along.’
    • ‘Ron is all faux pretense and made-up mischievousness.’
    • ‘If it's a good read, it's a good read, but why not just publish it as what it is - a made-up story?’
    • ‘He writes his own lyrics, but it's virtually impossible to say in what language, he borrows words from Estonian, Finnish, and even throws in his own made-up vocabulary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The characters are too made-up and comfortingly false.’
    • ‘While utter fabrications - such as phony academic degrees and made-up jobs - are big no-nos, you can commit some sins of omission with virtual impunity.’
    • ‘In my book, Thanksgiving is just some made-up holiday someone invented to sell more turkeys, so I wasn't going to do anything for it.’
    • ‘I remember a time as a child when my sister and I shared an imaginary world of made-up creatures.’
    • ‘In a way though you're just part of an elaborate fantasy - my invisible made-up friends that i talk to in the privacy of my own room.’
    • ‘Precious or not, made-up stories take us forward or back in time and put us inside the souls of people with whom we have nothing in common.’
    • ‘Singing in turn in ancient Gaelic and Aramaic, a language spoken by Semitic people throughout the ancient Middle East, as well as her own made-up language, Gerrard provide here one of her most mystical performances to date.’
    • ‘Nicole Kidman learned a made-up language called ‘Ku’ for The Interpreter - and forgot every last word once the project wrapped.’
    • ‘Bea is suggesting made-up names that sound like they could have been invented by a brand manager at an advertising agency.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Jack has told his pretty young ward Cecily that his visits to town are occasioned by the misbehavior of a made-up brother named Ernest.’
    invented, fabricated, trumped-up, concocted, devised, manufactured, fictitious, fictional, false, untrue, unreal, sham, specious, spurious, bogus, apocryphal, imaginary, mythical
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  • 3(of a meal or drink) prepared in advance of sale.

    ‘profitability calls for selling made-up products like filled rolls’
    • ‘Take made up lunches to work - don't buy.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 4(of a road) surfaced with a material such as asphalt.

    • ‘The race will stick to made-up roads and MAFF has given permission for it to go ahead despite the foot and mouth crisis.’
    • ‘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.’