make up (1)

Meaning: to invent a story or think of an explanation for something

Synonym: think up, invent

For example:

  • make up sth Rebecca's teacher says that she's very good at making up stories.

  • make sth up Gary admitted that the story wasn't true. He'd made the whole thing up.

Nouns often used as objects with make up (1): story, excuse, explanation

Quick Quiz:

Justin's really good at making up stories. He could be

a. a builder

b. a make-up artist

c. a script writer

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Contributor: Matt Errey