Phrasal Verb: Make up

Phrasal verbs tend to be ambiguous. As a rule, they have more than one meaning, which can be confusing if you are an English language learner. Here are a few meanings of the phrasal verb “make up” you can adopt easily and improve your English a lot:


Meaning: to constitute.

  • People over 65 make up 30% of the population.
  • The football team is made up of 11 players.
  • The building is made up of 67 floors and a basement.


Meaning: to invent a story.

  • I don’t believe you. You made the whole story up!
  • Sarah enjoyed making up tales for the school magazine.
  • None of it is true. Peter made it all up.


Meaning: to compensate.

  • May I leave work earlier today and make up tomorrow?
  • He usually has a nap in the afternoon to make up for getting up early.
  • I’m sorry I couldn’t come to your birthday party. Can I make it up by taking you to dinner?


Meaning: to end a disagreement.

  • Paul argued with his sister but they made up later.
  • They argue all the time, but when someone shows up, they pretend to make up.
  • After her husband died, she said that they had argued sometimes but they would always kiss and make up afterwards.
Phrasal verb MAKE UP
Phrasal verb MAKE UP

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1 Comment

Ferdinando Soares · 29 Jul 2020 at 10:37 am

Thank you
I am interested in your Phrasal verbs summary 👍

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