from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having been fabricated; invented: a made-up story.
  • adj. Changed or adorned by the application of cosmetics or makeup: a made-up actor.
  • adj. Complete; finished: a made-up package.
  • adj. Put together; arranged: a made-up page of type.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. To make up the whole; to constitute.
  • adj. invented or fabricated
  • adj. changed by the application of cosmetics
  • adj. arranged or put together
  • adj. delighted, pleased, thrilled

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Artificial.
  • adj. formed or conceived by the imagination; not true.
  • adj. having been paved.
  • adj. marked by the use of cosmetic makeup.
  • adj. formed by fitting or joining components together.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having been paved


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