Definition of Make over

1. Verb. Use again in altered form. "Retread an old plot"

Exact synonyms: Retread, Rework
Generic synonyms: Process, Work, Work On

2. Verb. Make new. "She is remaking her image"
Exact synonyms: Redo, Refashion, Remake
Generic synonyms: Create, Make, Produce
Specialized synonyms: Recast, Reforge, Remodel
Derivative terms: Makeover, Makeover, Remake

Definition of Make over

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To renovate or to convert to a different use, particularly houses, offices, or rooms within them ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic) (of a person, particularly a woman) To create a new physical look, especially with a new hairstyle, cosmetics, or clothes ¹

3. Verb. (idiomatic) (of a career, public image, etc.) To improve upon and/or take in a new direction ¹

4. Verb. (idiomatic) To transfer ownership, especially by means of a legal document ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Make Over

make no bones about
make noise
make noises
make off
make off with
make old bones
make one's bed
make one's bed and lie in it
make one's mark
make one's way
make oneself at home
make oneself scarce
make or break
make out like a bandit
make over (current term)
make peace
make possible
make pure
make quick work of
make relaxed
make right
make room
make semblant
make sense
make short work of
make somebody's hair curl
make someone's blood boil
make someone's blood run cold

Literary usage of Make over

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut [1636-1776] by Connecticut, Connecticut General Assembly, Connecticut Council, Council of Safety (Conn.)., James Hammond Trumbull, Charles Jeremy Hoadly (1885)
"... in Jan.v last and bein£ unable to discharge the said balance with bis personal estate did make over and ..."

2. Pennsylvania Archives by Pennsylvania Dept. of public instruction, Pennsylvania State Library (1890)
"it will bo content to make over and convey everything of the Company aforesaid, in case their High ..."

3. The Ancient World from the Earliest Times to 800 A.D. by Willis Mason West (1904)
"Solon was made general, and he recovered the island and saved Athens from ruin. 110. Solon's Appointment as Archon, to make over ..."

4. The Modern English Verb-adverb Combination by Arthur Garfield Kennedy (1920)
"To make over a child means 'to make a great display of affection or admiration,' but to make-over a child may mean 'to re-make the entire character of the ..."

5. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1904)
"make over. In construing a deed where the language used was "for value received of Q. and В., I hereby make over and confirm unto them and their heirs," ..."

6. An Institute of the Law of Scotland: In Four Books : in the Order of Sir by John Erskine, George Mackenzie, James Ivory (1828)
"De verb. obi. ; yet the usage of Scotland permits an heir to sell or make over his hope of succession during the life of his ancestor ; Durie, July 6. ..."

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