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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theymake up to
he/she/itmakes up to
present participlemaking up to
past tensemade up to
past participlemade up to
  1. 1
    [transitive] make up to someone informal old-fashioned to behave in a very friendly way towards someone, or to praise them, in order to get something for yourself

    She’s always making up to the boss – it’s quite embarrassing.

  2. 2
    make it up to someone to do something good that helps someone to feel better after you did something bad to them

    I’m really sorry. I’ll make it up to you.

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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