to make up for

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - make up for

"to make up for"

to take the place of something that has been lost of damaged


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - make up for

"to make up for"

to provide something good so that something bad seems less important


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - make up for

Two volunteer board members are talking ...

Volunteer 1:  Have you heard? We just lost the biggest contributor to our charity.

Volunteer 2:  They represented about fifty percent of total donations received.

Volunteer 1:  Yes and I'm not sure how we are going to replace that donation.

Volunteer 2:  Fifty percent is going to be very difficult to make up for.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - make up for

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How was your date last night?

Friend 2:  I totally forgot about it. I felt so bad that I sent flowers and an apology card this morning.

Friend 1:  And you think that will make up for completely missing your date?

Friend 2:  I doubt it but sure hope so.

to make up for - Usage:


to make up for - Gerund Form:

Making up for lost time can be difficult.

Making up for a bad work review requires a great deal of effort.

to make up for - Examples:

1)  In order to make up for the tax cuts, Romney said he would " limit deductions and exemptions ...

2)  PS3 Network may be free, but they make up for it in overcharging for downloadable content.

3)  I was determined to make up for my debacle in the Mansion with Tim, win him over.

4)  I was hoping to get a first down to make up for the one I lost.

5)  Unless perhaps you take pharmaceutically created "pills" that make up for the lack of important nutrients that our bodies get from meat.

6)  It doesn't let me give people information physically, but it makes up for it by giving me something to read all the time (email).

7)  This place is a bit expensive though, but the quality definitely makes up for it. 

8)  If my French physician is a little disappointing, my French periodontist more than makes up for it.

9)  What Solomon lacks in talent, he says, he makes up for in tenacity.

10)  Drug companies say U.S. spending on medicines helps pay for research and development and makes up for lower prices overseas.

11)  ... and I would spend the rest of the year living like a peasant making up for my gambling losses. It was hell!

12)  I'm short on process photos, but I'm making up for it with a recipe that I firmly believe will knock your socks off.

13)  What I lack in quality I am making up for in enthusiasm.

14)  I would probably be making up for those mistakes for a while, but I would do anything she asked ...

15)  It would be nice if increased snow cover was making up for the reduced sea ice.

16)  Barry noted that it made up for a lack of success with its extremely memorable subject matter.

17)  All of those new jobs will have only made up for the new population growth for the last 5 or 6 years.

18)  I have friends that still have not made up for the losses sustain in their plans from 3 years ago.

19)  The climax and the ending made up for a lot of the slow pacing throughout the book.

20)  I got the job, so I think my confidence and enthusiasm made up for the lack of actual experience.