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:
MAKE UP 1
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.
MAKE UP 2
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.
MAKE UP 3
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?
MAKE UP 4
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.
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