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make up

make up

 
See:
make
part of speech: phrase
definition 1: to constitute or compose.
Fifty states make up the United States of America.The U.S. Senate is made up of one hundred senators, two from each of the states.
synonyms:
constitute, form
similar words:
compose, create
definition 2: to pay back or compensate.
When you've hurt someone's feelings to that extent, it's difficult to make up for it.
synonyms:
compensate, offset, repair
similar words:
atone, recompense, redress, supply
definition 3: to reconcile after a quarrel.
The couple had a bitter argument, but the two made up the next day.
similar words:
make amends, square
definition 4: to invent (a story, excuse, or the like) using one's mind.
He made up an excuse to stay home from work.The teacher made up an example to help the students understand.