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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theymake up for
he/she/itmakes up for
present participlemaking up for
past tensemade up for
past participlemade up for

Related meanings

  1. 1
    make up for something to take the place of something that has been lost or damaged

    Nothing can make up for the loss of a child.

  2. 2
    make up for something to provide something good, so that something bad seems less important

    The good weather made up for the bad organization.

    He bought her some flowers to make up for being late.

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