Learn English phrasal verbs | Make up

Do you make up stories? Do you wear make-up? Do you always kiss and make up after an argument? Find out all the meanings of make up to help learn more about English phrasal verbs...

You can find English phrasal verbs all around us if you pay attention. Here are some great examples...

Are men better at making up after a fight?

Here are some more examples of the phrasal verb make up. Some people never tell the truth and often make up excuses...

Find out how to do your make-up just like Marilyn Monroe...

...and finally, Making Your Mind Up by Bucks Fizz won the Eurovision Song Contest way back in 1981...

So how do you remember English phrasal verbs? Tell us in the comments below...

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You can make up a story, which means to create or invent a story, but this can also mean to lie to someone, if you make up a story, it could also mean that you're trying to lie to someone. So someone might make up a story to tell to their parents, because they don't want to tell their parents what they were doing. So they made up a story, they lied to their parents

A woman can also make herself up by putting on make-up, by using cosmetics like lipstick to change her appearance.

You can make up a room. So if you have somebody coming to stay in your house, you would make up the room so it's comfortable and ready for them to stay in your house. And you can make up the bed, which means to put sheets...clean sheets on the bed so your visitor can stay in the bed.

Make up can also mean to complete or to compensate something. So if you're paying a bill in a restaurant, let's say your friend is paying the bill, but doesn't pay all the bill, you could make up the rest of the bill. So your friend pays some of the bill and you pay the rest of the bill. You make up the difference.

If somebody does a job but they don't have much experience, but they're very keen and they want to do the job, you could say: ‘What he lacks in experience, he makes up in enthusiasm’. So he doesn't have much experience, but he works very hard.

You can make up time. So if you miss a day at work, you could tell your boss, "I'll make up the time tomorrow" or "I'll make up the time at the weekend".

If you have a big argument with someone, with your girlfriend or boyfriend or your wife or your husband or a friend, or someone in your family, later when you start to talk again and you start to be friendly again we say you make up, this means that you become friends again or you become friendly again.

We use the expression in English to 'kiss and make up'. So after having an argument we can say: "We're going to kiss and make up". "We're going to be friends again". This is normally used for couples, but we can use the expression more generally as well. To kiss and make up.

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