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make up (think up)


to make up something artificial or untrue


creation verb (sewing, baking, painting, performing, etc.)

Past tense:

made up

Present participle:

making up

3rd-person singular present:

makes up

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

See also:



"end a quarrel, reconcile", from "make" + "up".
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of make up...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

cook up

[informal] to concoct or invent (a story, alibi, etc) | to prepare (a meal), especially quickly | [slang] to prepare (a drug) for use by heating, as ... (25 of 493 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples)


Random House Dictionary:

cook | Cook | Cook, Frederick Albert [sense-specific] | Cook, Frederick [sense-specific] | Frederick Albert Cook [sense-specific] | Frederick Cook [sense-specific] | George Cram Cook [sense-specific] | Glaspell, Susan [sense-specific] | Cook, George Cram [sense-specific] | ...

to prepare (food) by the use of heat, as by boiling, baking, or roasting. | to subject (anything) to the application of heat. | [slang] to ruin; ... (25 of 329 words, 18 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)


American Heritage Dictionary:

cook | cooked [past tense] | cooking [present participle] | cooks [3rd-person singular present] | Cook | Frederick Albert Cook | James Cook | Mount Cook | cook up

To prepare (food) for eating by applying heat. | To prepare or treat by heating | [slang] To alter or falsify so as to make a more favorable ... (26 of 260 words, 13 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

cook up [transitive, informal] | cooked up [past tense] | cooking up [present participle] | cooks up [3rd-person singular present]

to invent a story, excuse, or plan (7 of 59 words, 1 usage example)



cook up | cooked up [past tense] | cooking up [present participle] | cooks up [3rd-person singular present]

[idiomatic, figurative] To manufacture; to fabricate; to falsify; to devise an elaborate lie. | [slang] To prepare a heroin dose by heating. | [slang] To prepare a meal. | [slang] To manufacture a significant amount of illegal drugs (LSD, meth, etc.) (38 of 39 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples)

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trump up | fabricate [synonym, sense-specific] | invent [synonym, sense-specific] | concoct [synonym, sense-specific] | construct [synonym, sense-specific] | contrive [synonym, sense-specific] | cook [synonym, sense-specific] | devise [synonym, sense-specific] | drum up [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to concoct especially with intent to deceive; "fabricate", "invent" | [archaic] to cite as support for an action or claim (19 of 107 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/trump up


Fabrication [disambiguation]

may refer to: Art fabrication | Construction Prefabrication | Manufacturing Metal fabrication | Microfabrication | Optics fabrication | Semiconductor device fabrication | Solid freeform fabrication | Secondary butchery, in United States Department of ... (26 of 116 words, 15 definitions)


Oxford Dictionary:

fabricate | fabricator [derived]

invent (something) in order to deceive | construct or manufacture (an industrial product), especially from prepared components (16 of 75 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:

fabricate | fabrication [noun, derived]

to invent or produce something false in order to deceive (10 of 49 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)


New World Dictionary:

fabricate | fabricated [past tense] | fabricating [present participle] | fabricator [noun, related]

to make, build, construct, etc., especially by assembling parts; manufacture | to make up (a story, reason, lie, etc.); invent (19 of 43 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


Britannica Encyclopedia:


any industry that makes products from raw materials by the use of manual labour or machinery and that is usually carried out systematically with a ... (25 of 188 words, 1 image)


Encarta Dictionary:

cook up

to prepare or improvise a meal quickly | to invent something untrue or dishonest such as an excuse (informal) | Same as cookv (sense 7) (23 of 43 words, 3 definitions)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861688304​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Online Etymology:

make up

First use: 1660s

Origin: "end a quarrel, reconcile", from "make" + "up".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=make up

Audio reference

Macmillan American Dictionary:

makeup | makeups [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "make up"


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