Make up – English Phrasal Verbs – Online English Lessons

1. If you and a friend have argued, and then you make up, you become friends again and forgive each other.

Examples of use:

a) My dog and cat had a fight yesterday, but they’ve made up now.

b) Christoff and Helene are always arguing, but they soon make up afterwards.

c) Can’t you two forgive each other and make up?

2. To make up something (or make something up) is to invent a story or excuse. This can be something written or said in order to deceive (a lie), or a story or game to entertain.

Examples of use:

a) The politician said that the newspaper reporter made up the information about her expenses claim.

b) The children made up a wonderful game about dragons and kings and queens

3. To make up your mind (or make your mind up) is to decide which action to take or choice to make.

Examples of use:

a) He’s made his mind up and he’s going to buy the apartment in the city intead of the cottage in the countryside.

b) They can’t make up their minds whether or not to retire from their jobs next year.

4. When something or somebody makes up a bigger thing, they form a part of it.

Examples of use:

a) Elderly people make up 40% of the residents of this village.

b) My book collection is made up of books by many differerent authors.

5. To make up for something is to do something or provide something in order to make a situation better.

Example of use:

Jack lost his favourite teddy so his mum bought him a new one to make up for it.

make-up (noun) – cosmetics (lipstick, powder, mascara etc) that people put on their faces

Examples of use:

1. She never leaves the house without putting on her make-up first!

2. She took a long time making herself up (putting on make-up) before the party.

make up
present simple
make up and makes up
-ing form
making up
past simple
made up
past participle
made up

Have you had an argument with someone and then made up with them?

Can you think of any ways to use the phrasal verb ‘make up‘ in a sentence?

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